CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder earlier this year and has made no public appearances since early this summer, easily won re-election to his Chicago-area district Tuesday.
ackson, a Democrat who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1995, was expected to win despite his ailment and ethics questions hanging over him. He defeated Republican Brian Woodworth, a lawyer and professor at Olivet Nazarene University.
In a statement issued through his spokesman, Jackson said he was “humbled and moved” by the support given him by his district.
“Once the doctors approve my return to work, I will continue to be the progressive fighter you have known for years,” Jackson said. “My family and I are grateful for your many heartfelt prayers and kind thoughts.”
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