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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has submitted his resignation following his diagnosis of bipolar disorder and the FBI’s investigation into alleged misuse of campaign funds. The move also comes two weeks after he was easily re-elected.
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday that he received Jackson’s letter of resignation, reports the New York Times.
Jackson suddenly disappeared from public view this summer and has not made any public appearances since he was re-elected.
Jackson, who is the son of the civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly using campaign funds to redecorate his house and buy a $40,000 Rolex for a friend, reports CBS News. His wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, is also reportedly being investigated, as officials look to see if she was aware of the alleged misuse of funds.
His attorney has told local Chicago media that he is negotiating a plea deal that could include time in jail and allows him to resign due to his health. The deal would also allow him to retain his congressional pension and states that he must repay funds.
Jackson, who represented Chicago’s south Side and suburbs, recently spent weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He left a week after election day, officials told the NY Times.
A special election to fill Jackson’s seat must be held within 115 days.