Jesse Louis Jackson, Jr. (born March 11, 1965) is a member of the United States House of Representatives representing Illinois's 2nd Congressional District, which includes a large part of Chicago's South Side and southeast suburbs. Congressman Jackson has served the 2nd District since winning a special election on December 12, 1995. His wife, Sandi Jackson, serves on the Chicago City Council as Alderman of the 7th Ward.
Prior to elective politics, Representative Jackson was active in international civil rights work. He participated in his father's presidential campaigns and then in the office of his Rainbow Coalition. During his time in public office he has co-authored three books, including two on financial literacy. He also co-wrote A More Perfect Union, which advances a series of constitutional amendments that would guarantee all Americans the right to vote, and the right to high quality education, health care and housing.
In Illinois, he is a leading supporter of the proposed third major airport for the Chicago metropolitan area, which would bring much-needed jobs and economic activity to the Southland. He has also advocated for redevelopment of the former U.S. Steel South Works site in the South Shore neighborhood, and for addressing the persistent water and flooding issues in Ford Heights, one of the country's poorest suburbs.
Largely due to is position on the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Jackson has secured over $800 million in federal funding for infrastructure, health care, education, transit, housing, community centers and other projects in the 2nd District. Jackson supported recent legislative reforms of health care and financial regulations, and works tirelessly to support international rebuilding efforts in nations such as Liberia.
Congressman Jackson has been an active spokesperson for other Democratic candidates and a popular interviewee and broadcast media guest. He also served as a national co-chairman of the Barack Obama presidential campaign.