Jesse Jackson Jr. selling his Washington, D.C. home


Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.), photographed on Dec. 2, 2011, on Capitol Hill. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is selling his Washington, D.C. home to help defray the cost of mounting medical bills, according to a spokesman.

Jackson, 47, recently returned to his Washington home after seeking treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for depression. He has not been seen on Capitol Hill since his return almost two weeks ago.

The Chicago Tribune first reported Wednesday that Jackson is listing his Victorian-style townhouse for $2.5 million. The home was built in 1921 and includes four bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths, five fireplaces, a kitchen, sun room, rooftop deck and jacuzzi, according to the Tribune.

In a statement, Jackson aide Rick Bryant cited the congressman’s health-care costs as the reason for the sale.

“Like millions of Americans, Congressman Jackson and Mrs. Jackson are grappling with soaring healthcare costs and are selling their residence to help defray costs of their obligations,” Bryant said. “The Congressman would like to personally thank everyone who has offered prayers on behalf of his family.”

Jackson and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, also own a home in Chicago.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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