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Jesse Jackson Jr. Resigns Seat in Congress Citing Federal Probe

Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. ended a career of almost 17 years in the U.S. Congress by resigning his House seat as he battles depression and confronts a federal investigation into his conduct.

Jackson resigned yesterday, effective immediately, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, saying he’d made “my share of mistakes,” without specifying what he’d done wrong. Jackson, 47, who has been treated for depression since taking medical leave from the House in June, said he was leaving Congress “to focus on restoring my health.”