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|U.S. House, Illinois, District 2|
|Bachelor's||University of Illnois, 1974|
|Associate's||Chicago City College, 1972|
|Master's||Oxford University, 1981|
|Other||LLB, Oxford University, 1979|
|Birthday||January 8, 1952|
|Place of birth||Mound Bayou, MS|
Reynolds is a former member of Congress, actually serving the 2nd Congressional District from 1993 to 1995. His time in Congress was cut short when a jury convicted him of sex-related charges, which included sex with a minor. He was also convicted of federal financial and campaign fraud. Former President Bill Clinton commuted his sentence in 2001. Jesse Jackson, Jr. was elected in a special election to replace Reynolds in 1995.
Reynolds ran in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 2nd District. The election was held to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr.. Reynolds lost in the Democratic primary to Robin Kelly.
|U.S. House, Illinois District 2 Special Democratic Primary, 2013|
|Denise Anita Hill||0%||4|
|Source: Results via Illinois State Board of Elections|
|Illinois' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic primary|
|Poll||Debbie Halvorson||Toi Hutchinson||Robin Kelly||Napoleon Harris||Mel Reynolds||Anthony Beale||Other||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Normington-Petts (January 8-10)||16%||12%||8%||7%||7%||5%||5%||40%||+/-4.9||400|
|GBA Strategies (January 3-7)||25%||16%||15%||9%||8%||10%||2%||15%||+/-4.4||500|
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to email@example.com|
Reynolds and his wife, Marisol, have one child.
Charges in Zimbabwe
He was deported from Zimbabwe on February 23, 2014, after paying a $100 fine. He pleaded guilty to breaking immigration laws by staying longer than his visa permitted. Other charges were dropped after the judge ruled that the police did not have a proper prosecution order.
Term in Congress
Reynolds served in Congress from 1993 to 1995 before he was convicted on charges that included sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography. He was also later convicted of financial and campaign fraud.
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- Star Tribune, "Ex-US congressman Mel Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe for allegedly possessing pornography," accessed February 18, 2014
- Chicago Tribune, "Convicted former Rep. Mel Reynolds wants Jackson seat in Congress," November 28, 2012
- AP.org, "Illinois - Summary Vote Results," accessed February 26, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed June 2, 2014
- Washington Post, "Ex-Rep. Mel Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe on pornography, immigration charges," accessed February 18, 2014
- Politico, "Ex-U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds deported from Zimbabwe," accessed February 24, 2014
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