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.



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)

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%) Environmental Protection (9%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Families (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

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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