Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Former Representative from Illinois’s 2nd District, Democrat

Jackson, a Democrat, was the representative for Illinois's 2nd congressional district from 1995 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Jesse Jackson [D-IL2, 1995-2012]

Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Jackson sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Jackson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Jackson was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Jackson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (18%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (15%) Education (12%) Labor and Employment (12%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Environmental Protection (9%) Social Sciences and History (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Jackson’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Jackson’s Vote Vote Description
Not Voting H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 2278 (112th): To limit the use of funds appropriated to the Department of Defense for United States Armed Forces ...
Jun 24, 2011. Failed 180/238.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
No H.Res. 1137 (111th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 2847) making appropriations for the Departments ...
Mar 4, 2010. Passed 212/209.
No H.R. 1752 (111th): To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may ...
Jul 30, 2009. Failed 282/144.
No H.Res. 1517 (110th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 3997) to amend the Internal Revenue ...
Sep 29, 2008. Passed 220/198.
No H.R. 5658 (110th): Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009
May 22, 2008. Passed 384/23.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Nay H.R. 3087 (110th): A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress reports on the status of ...
Oct 2, 2007. Passed 377/46.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Dec 1995 to Nov 2012, Jackson missed 376 of 11,396 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2012. ProPublica has tracked 78 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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