Jonathan (Jonathan) Jackson (D-01)

US Representative Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan (Jonathan) Jackson (D-01)
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Capitol: 202.225.4372
FAX: 202.226.0333
District: 773.779.2400
Room 1641 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515
11750 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
Residence:Chicago, IL

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Jonathan Luther Jackson is an accomplished businessman, professor and social justice advocate. Jackson's advocacy and business savvy has taken him around the world, including Libya, Senegal, South Africa, Qatar, Great Britain, and many of the Caribbean islands, including Haiti. He has met heads of state throughout the world, including Venezuela President Hugo Chavez during the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe of 2005 and Haiti President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. In 1983, Jackson traveled to Syria with his father, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, to secure the successful, and ultimately, widely hailed, release of a captured American pilot, Navy Lt. Robert Goodman, who was being held by the Syrian government. In June 1984, Jonathan Jackson, once again, flanked his father, as the elder Jackson negotiated the release of 22 Americans being held in Cuba after an invitation by Cuban President Fidel Castro. And on the eve of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Jackson traveled with the Reverend to meet with Iraq President Saddam Hussein to negotiate the release of foreign nationals being held as a "human shield." As a dedicated husband and family man, Jackson's commitment to his extended family is limitless. With his siblings, Jonathan campaigned for this father's presidential bids in 1984 and 1988. His dedication extends to his service as national spokesman for the RainbowPUSH Coalition. There, Jackson contributes to America's ongoing struggle for social, economic and educational justice through his dedicated efforts to free the wrongfully convicted, seek justice for the tortured and ensure economic and educational access for all. Jackson has played a critical role in seeing that these men and women are restored to the rights and privileges of full citizenship. Jackson's work has raised the profiles of innocents, such as Johnnie Lee Savory, Tabitha Pollock and Barney Brown - people who were wrongfully convicted - and continues to pursue the full restoration of their good names. In addition to speaking eloquently on behalf of police torture victims and demanding legal remedies, he has personally counseled and ministered to the needs of these (mostly) men who emerge from prison with nothing but the clothes on their backs. In 2009-10, Jackson successfully fought the closure of 16 Chicago Public Schools, causing the district to reverse plans that would destabilize communities, and jeopardize the institutional memory and family networks of neighborhood schools in favor of impersonal and untested charter school replacements. While the fight for social justice chose Jonathan Jackson, it can be said that he chose business as a young man, impressed by the leadership ability and business savvy of individuals he was honored to meet through his father's activist agenda. Jackson started his career in 1988 at Drexel Burnham Lambert as an investment analyst for Michael Milken, an American financier and philanthropist. Jackson later worked as an analyst at Independence Bank, was a Shatkin Arbor runner at the Chicago Board of Trade and developed real estate for East Lake Management in Chicago. He rejoined Milken at Knowledge Universe in the late 1990s and currently engages in investments in the wireless, real estate and distribution sectors. Notably, in 2009, Jackson lead a group of minority investors in a $250 million bid to take over ION Media Networks, the country's largest chain of independent TV stations. Partnered with Cyrus Capital Partners, a New York investment firm, Jackson argued that second-lien lenders are treated as second-class citizens. Educated at North Carolina A&T University and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Jackson has also taught business at the City Colleges of Chicago. He can be seen regularly on Saturday mornings on the RainbowPUSH TV show and cable TVs worldwide show "UpFront With Jesse Jackson." In addition, Jackson is a regular contributor to "The Cliff Kelley Show" on WVON 1690 in Chicago, and is a member of the International Institute for Education and a past member of the Democratic Governor's Association.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2022    Next Election: 2024
DOB: 1/7/1966
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