Jesse Jackson Jr. quits Congress, cites health reasons
November 21st, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Jesse Jackson Jr. quits Congress, cites health reasons

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress effective Wednesday, citing the need to spend time "restoring my health."

Jackson, 47, announced his resignation in a letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday.

"For 17 years I have given 100% of my time, energy, and life to public service," Jackson wrote. "However, over the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish. Against the recommendations of my doctors, I had hoped and tried to return to Washington and continue working on the issues that matter most to the people of the Second District. I know now that will not be possible."

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  1. ma & pa

    17 years is a long time to so devote ones self to duty that one almost forgets how to feel interest and joy in life's simple goodness. We hope Jesse Jackson Jr. can find some bright pieces of interest, of his choosing, to bring happiness as time goes along.

    November 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    a bright light bulb that burnt out....just get plenty of rest...seeyah when you heal jay-jay!

    November 24, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |