Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said that he would step down from office, submitting a letter of resignation to House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday.
Jackson, in office for 17 years and the son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson Sr., acknowledged that he is under federal investigation regarding alleged campaign spending violations.
“However, over the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish,” Jackson’s letter states.
The constituents in Illinois’s Second Congressional District, which covers the South Side of Chicago, “deserve a full-time legislator in Washington, something I cannot be for the foreseeable future,” Jackson said, adding that he will “focus on restoring” his health.
According to Politico, Jackson was under investigation for allegedly using campaign donor money to renovate his home and purchase gifts.
Without elaborating, Jackson said in the letter, “[I] am doing my best to address the situation responsibly, cooperate with the investigators, and accept responsibility for my mistakes, for they are my mistakes and mine alone.”
Five months ago, Jackson left the House to seek treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and was treated for bipolar disorder, his doctors told Politico. Jackson was still able to win re-election in his district with 60 percent of the vote.
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) has to now order a special election to replace Jackson.
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