- NAME: Jesse Jackson Jr.
- OCCUPATION: U.S. Representative, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: March 11, 1965 (Age: 49)
- EDUCATION: St. Albans School, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Chicago Theological Seminary, University of Illinois College of Law, LeMans Military Academy
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Greenville, South Carolina
- Full Name: Jesse Louis Jackson Jr.
- AKA: Jesse L. Jackson Jr.
- AKA: Jesse Jackson Jr.
- ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces
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Jesse Jackson Jr. is the son of the famous Reverend Jesse Jackson. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2012.
Jesse Jackson saw the injustice of segregation and worked for Dr. Martin Luther King. Jackson fought for equal rights through his organizations, Operation PUSH and the Rainbow Coalition, and in 1984 and 1988, he ran for President.
A'lelia Bundles, a former producer for NBC News, talks about covering Jesse Jackson's 1984 campaign and his populist message to voters that they could make a difference.
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Some media outlets speculated that Jackson had also received treatment for alcoholism.
In February 2013, Jackson was brought up on federal charges alleging that he misused $750,000 of his campaign funds. He and his wife Sandi pleaded guilty in the case. According to NBC News, Jackson released a statement through his lawyers. "I want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete,
it is my hope that I am remembered for the things that I did right."
For the illicit use of campaign money, Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Sandi Jackson were sentenced to prison on August 14, 2013. Jesse Jackson, Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison for the crime while his wife faces a one year sentence. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was specific in delivering her sentence of exactly one year as opposed to one year and one day to Sandi Jackson, ensuring that she served her entire sentence instead of a reduced sentence for good behavior. In addition to serving their sentences—which will be staggered, Jesse Jackson, Jr. going first—they are both required to undergo supervised release after their time in prison is complete. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is scheduled to report to authorities in November 2013 to begin his serving his sentence.
Jackson resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Sandi, and two children.
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