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Jesse Louis Jackson, Jr. (born March 11, 1965) is a former American politician who represented Illinois's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives until his resignation in 2012. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Jackson was first elected in a special election in 1995. His district included the part of the Southland southeast suburbs of Chicago and part of the Chicago South Side. He is the son of activist and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson. His wife, Sandi Jackson, formerly served on the Chicago City Council. He served as a national co-chairman of the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign.