Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.

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Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.
Jesse L. Jackson Jr.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
Incumbent
In office
December 12, 1995-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected1994
Next general2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina A & T State University
Master'sChicago Theological Seminary
J.D.University of Illinois College of Law
Personal
BirthdayMarch 11, 1965
Place of birthGreenville, South Carolina
ProfessionPolitician, Civil Rights Leader
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. campaign logo
Jesse Louis Jackson, Jr. (b. March 11, 1965) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Jackson was elected by voters from Illinois' 2nd congressional district.

Biography

Jackson was born on March 11, 1965 in Greenville, South Carolina. Jackson graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1987 where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Three years later, he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from the Chicago Theological Seminary, and in 1993, received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law. [1]

Career

Committee Assignments

U.S. House of Representatives

2011-2012

Issues

Political Positions

On his campaign website, Jackson has 5 leading issues that he is concerned about. In comparison, Debbie Halvorson, his Democratic Primary opponent, lists 8 issues. Jackson lists the following issues: [2]

Economy

Excerpt: "In the 2nd Congressional District, the biggest issue is jobs. That's why Congressman Jackson has been fighting to build a third airport in the south suburbs, which would bring jobs and economic development to the Southland."

Leading issue for opponent Debbie Halvorson: Approveda


Health care

Excerpt: "Congressman Jackson supported the bill, and believes it should be implemented as passed, so that the promise of health care reform can be fully realized. He also believes that a public option should be considered in the future, and supported such a provision when it was debated in Congress."

Leading issue for opponent Debbie Halvorson: Approveda

Education

Excerpt: "Education is the key to improving the quality of life for millions of Americans who grow up in communities such as the South Side and south suburbs, where economic opportunity is scarce. Congressman Jackson believes that both additional resources and accountability are necessary, so that schools that have been failing can begin to meet higher standards. In addition, Congressman Jackson has proposed a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the right to an education of equal high quality to all Americans."

Leading issue for opponent Debbie Halvorson: Approveda

Energy and environment

Excerpt: "Climate change is a real threat to all Americans and to people across the globe. As temperatures rise, lives and livelihoods are at risk. Simply put, we absolutely must reduce our carbon emissions as quickly as possible, and we must convince our counterparts around the globe to do so as well. Congressman Jackson supports a national cap-and-trade system to put a price on carbon."

Leading issue for opponent Debbie Halvorson: Approveda

International affairs

Excerpt: "In Afghanistan, we must continue to build the government's capacity to effectively govern and secure the country, leading towards the responsible withdrawal of U.S. troops. We must ensure that when we leave, the Taliban and Al Qaeda are unable to return to power and safe harbor there. In the Middle East, Congressman Jackson has been a vocal leader in protecting the security of Israel. In March of 2010, he joined his Republican colleague, Mike Pence of Indiana, in drafting a letter to President Obama that encourages crippling sanctions on Iran in order to prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons."

Leading issue for opponent Debbie Halvorson: Defeatedd

Notable endorsements

The following are endorsements from notable persons and organizations:

Endorsed by Statement
Nancy Pelosi "He may be junior in terms of his title in the family, but he is very senior in the amount of respect he commands in the Congress of the United States."[3]
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel In a statement, the Chicago mayor called Jackson, Jr. a "progressive fighter".[4]
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn "Time and again, Congressman Jackson has delivered for the residents of the 2nd District in Illinois. Congressman Jackson deserves to go back to Washington, D.C.and help President Obama continue to fight for jobs, economic recovery and everyday Americans."[5]

Campaign tactics and controversies

  • In early-October 2011, campaign-related e-mails were sent by Jackson's staff members in response to campaign statements made by Democratic Primary opponent Debbie Halvorson. The e-mails, according to reports, were sent from the staff members' government accounts after requests by the media. Allegedly, this violated U.S. House rules that prohibit using government email accounts for campaign or political purposes. According to the House rules maual: "[T]he use of one‘s office desktop computer (including one‘s mail.house.gov e-mail address) to send or receive such communications continues to be prohibited." However, Jackson's spokesperson Kitty Kurth claimed that those emails can be categorized as appropriate because of an exemption allowing press secretaries to "answer occasional questions on political matters."[6]
  • Jesse Jackson, Jr. stated during his campaign for re-election that he plans on introducing legislation that would turn the Historic Pullman District in Chicago, Illinois into a national park. The Chicago neighborhood is the first planned industrial community in the United States. The potential proposal would allow for a one-to-three year feasibility study to determine if designating the park at certain locations would work. If so, a proposal to Congress would be made to pass a measure to designate it as a national park.[7]
  • Jackson stated that his Democratic Primary opponent, Debbie Halvorson has not supported President Barack Obama as much as he has. He pointed out that Halvorson voted against the president 88 times while in Congress.[8]

Polls

2012 Election

  • A poll released by the Halvorson campaign in January 2012 showed the following results between Democratic Primary opponents Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. and Debbie Halvorson.[9]
  • A second poll was released at the same time, by Lake Research Partners, showing similar results to the previous one.[9]
    • Neither polls released a margin of error, therefore, the chart shows zero until those numbers are obtained.
  • Lake Research Partners released another poll on March 13, showing Jackson with a considerable lead over Halvorson.[10]
Illinois' Congressional District 2, 2012
Poll Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) Debbie Halvorson (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Debbie Halvorson campaign
(January 10-12, 2012)
48%35%17%+/-0400
Lake Research Partners
(January, 2012)
44%30%26%+/-0496
Lake Research Partners
(March 8-11, 2012)
59%23%18%+/-4.9496
AVERAGES 50.33% 29.33% 20.33% +/-1.63 464
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 editor@ballotpedia.org

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Jackson is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 2nd District. Jackson is seeking the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jackson won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Isaac C. Hayes (R) and Anthony W. Williams (G) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJesse L. Jackson, Jr. Incumbent 80.5% 150,666
     Republican Isaac C. Hayes 13.8% 25,883
     Green Anthony W. Williams 5.6% 10,564
Total Votes 187,113

2008

On November 4, 2008, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Anthony W. Williams (R) and Nathan Peoples (G) in the general election.[12]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Robert Belin (R) and Anthony W. Williams (L) in the general election.[13]

2004

On November 2, 2004, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Stephanie Sailor (L) in the general election.[14]

2002

On November 5, 2002, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Doug Nelson (R) in the general election.[15]

2000

On November 7, 2000, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Robert Gordon III (R) in the general election.[16]

1998

On November 3, 1998, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Robert Gordon III (R) and Matthew Joseph Beauchamp (L) in the general election.[17]

1996

On November 5, 1996, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Frank H. Stratman (L) in the general election.[18]

Campaign donors

2010

Breakdown of the source of Jackson's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Jackson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Jackson's campaign committee raised a total of $795,723 and spent $1,032,506 .[19]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 2nd Congressional District, 2010 - Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $795,723
Total Spent $1,032,506
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $74,664
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $62,282
Top contributors to Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.'s campaign committee
Exelon Corp$22,950
Horton Group$21,700
Laborers Union$10,000
Operating Engineers Union$10,000
United Auto Workers$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$65,400
Lawyers/Law Firms$57,350
Lobbyists$53,850
Securities & Investment$43,300
Insurance$31,950

Personal

Jackson resides in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Sandi, Chicago's 7th Ward Alderman, daughter Jessica Donatella, and son Jesse L. Jackson, III.[1]

External Links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jesse L. Jackson, Jr Representing Illinois' 2nd Congressional District "About" Accessed October 30, 2011
  2. Jesse Jackson, Jr., Congressman, Second Congressional District of Illinois "Issues" Accessed February 8, 2012
  3. WGN TV.com, "Nancy Pelosi throws her support behind Jesse Jackson Jr.", March 3, 2012
  4. PJ Star, "Mayor Rahm Emanuel Backs Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. for District 2 Congressman", March 6, 2012
  5. Chicago Tribune, "Quinn backs Jackson, but not in person", March 11, 2012
  6. WBEZ.org, "Jackson's staff sends handful of campaign-related emails from congressional addresses", February 14, 2012
  7. Chicagoist.com, "Jesse Jackson, Jr. Says Pullman Should Be A National Historic site", Retrieved February 16, 2012
  8. CBS Chicago, "Halvorson voted against the president 88 times while in Congress", February 20, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sun Times "Jackson and Halvorson release competing polls in congressional race", January 18, 2012
  10. NBC Chicago, "Poll: Jackson Leads Halvorson 59-23", March 13, 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996"
  19. Open Secrets "Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Mel Reynolds
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois District 2
1995–present
Succeeded by
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