CBC Chairman Cleaver’s Statement on the Resignation of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, II released the following statement today on the resignation of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.:
“While I am deeply saddened at the news of my dear friend and colleague, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s resignation, I respect his decision to focus on his health and on his family which undoubtedly come first. Rep. Jackson Jr. has been an esteemed Member of Congress and of the Congressional Black Caucus and will depart with a rich legacy in place. His presence and contributions to this body will be missed.
”For close to two decades, Rep. Jackson Jr. has served and fought for the people of Illinois’s Second Congressional District. He has diligently worked to be their voice in Congress, to improve their quality of life and the communities in which they live. Time and time again, his constituents supported him because he proved his unwavering commitment. No one can deny that Rep. Jackson Jr. has been one of the greatest advocates for the people he served.
“Though this is likely one of the most difficult decisions he has ever had to make, I trust it is the best for his family and for his well being. I and Members of the Congressional Black Caucus thank Congressman Jackson Jr. for his service and wish him, his wife Sandi and the entire Jackson family the very best during what has been a very difficult time.”