Jesse Jackson Jr. Home After Depression Treatment

It's not clear when congressman will return to work
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 8, 2012 11:48 AM CDT
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in a file photo.   (Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has returned to his home in Washington after treatment for depression at Mayo Clinic. "He's at home in Washington convalescing with his wife and children," said aide Rick Bryant. "Let's hope he returns to work on Monday." The congressman went on a secretive medical leave in June, when family members said he collapsed at home. His office said in August that he was being treated at Mayo because of depression, after a transfer from the Sierra Tucson Treatment Center in Arizona. (Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy visited and said Jackson had a "lot of work to do.")

In a statement late yesterday, the congressman's wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, said she and her husband were "thankful for the heartfelt prayers and kind thoughts from so many for our family." In their few public comments about Jackson's illness, family members pointed to the stress of his job and political disappointments over the years. Jackson first won office in 1995, and had his sights set on being a US senator or Chicago's mayor. Those hopes dimmed in the wake of allegations about his connections to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a prison sentence for corruption.

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