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Representative Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (Democrat Illinois) Born March 11, 1965. He is the son of Jesse Jackson. In 1987, Representative Jackson graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Three years later, he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Theology from the Chicago Theological Seminary, and in 1993, received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to his congressional service, Representative Jackson served as the National Field Director of the National Rainbow Coalition. Elected to congress in 1995. He resides in the Second Congressional District of Illinois with his wife Sandi, and daughter Jessica Donatella.
In his book "A More Perfect Union: Advancing New American Rights" Jackson calls for adopting eight new, benchmark-setting constitutional amendments, guaranteeing rights primarily grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the U.S. has ratified. Each is treated in a separate chapter: the rights to quality health care, housing, education, a clean environment, fair taxes, full employment, equality for women and the right to vote.

Taxes & Spending:
Based on ratings from taxpayer advocacy groups such as the National Taxpayers Union and Americans for Tax Reform, this candidate shares about 20% of their views. According to the Concord Coalition, he agrees with less than half their positions on balanced budget issue.
In his book, he advocates for full employment for all Americans as federal policy.

Social Services Funding: Voted "no" on HR 7 Community Solutions Act of 2001. Bill would allow religious organizations to compete equally with other non-governmental groups for federal funds to provide social services.

Welfare: The Children's Defense Fund, an organization concerned how poverty and welfare cuts effect children and families, recently gave him a score of 100%. BIPAC, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee gave him a score of 0%.

Security & Terrorism: Voted "no" on HR 3162, Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001.
Voted "yes" on the "Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001", a bill to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts by imposing restrictions on student visas and among other things, it creates a centralized 'lookout' database.

Foreign Affairs: Voted "no" on H.J.RES.114, Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq. Regarding a Palestinian state, he supports it. "Ultimately, there will and must be two nations"

Education: Is against vouchers. Voted to increase federal funding of public schools. Voted to tie federal education funding to local public school performance.

Healthcare: A cosponsor of the Universal Health Care and Health Care Resolution 99. Voted "no" a bill that would have have prohibited cloning.

Social Security: Opposes the idea of allowing workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax into private investments. Voted for a "lock box" measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs.

Illicit Drugs: Voted against a bill to raise penalties. In a House Speech said, "The cost of the (US) helicopters (used in Colombian drug fighting efforts) alone would provide treatment for almost 200,000 substance users or drug prevention services for more than 4 million Americans. Arianna Huffington, in her article `Drug War Comes at a High Price,' was right. We are about to spend close to $2 billion on Colombia, while here at home we have 3.6 million addicts not receiving the treatment they need. This despite the fact that drug czar Barry McCaffery's budget is expected to rise to a proposed $19.2 billion this year.

Ex-felons' Voting Rights: Supported the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former Presidents Carter and Ford, which recommended that all states restore voting rights to citizens who have fully served their sentences. Jackson also sponsored voting rights legislation.

Gun Policy: He received a D grade from the NRA, and a 100% score from The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Abortion Policy: He received a 100% score from Planned Parenthood and zero from the National Right to Life Committee.

Environmental Policy: He received 100% from the League of Conservation Voters.

Minority Issues: He received 93% from the NAACP.

Civil Liberties: He received 100% from The American Civil Liberties Union.


  • - Jesse Jackson Jr. Congress information Website
  • - Faith-based vote
  • - Ex-felons voting
  • - Drug War
  • - Palestinian State
  • - The Concord Coalition
  • - Americans for Tax Reform
  • - National Taxpayers Union
  • - The Children's Defense Fund
  • - Business-Industry Political Action Committee
  • - The National Rifle Association
  • - The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • - Planned Parenthood
  • - National Right to Life Committee
  • - League of Conservation Voters
  • - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • - American Civil Liberties Union
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