Meet Sandi Jackson, she is Jesse Jackson Jr. ‘s wife mother of his children and Chicago council member, who recently spoke about her husband health, and denied rumors about him attempting to kill himself or being treat for drug and alcohol abuse.
47-year-old Jesse Jackson Jr is as we all know a member of the U.S House of Representatives from the Illinois’s 2nd district, he also is one of the five children Rev. Jesse and wife Jacqueline Jackson had. On June 10th, he collapsed at his home in Washington, he was rushed to the hospital and later transferred to the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minn. The reason is due to depression and gastrointestinal issues, and not a suicide attempt or alcohol and/ or drug abuse like some media once reported. It was his lovely wife Sandi Jackson who denied such rumors to the SunTimes…
“I was in Chicago, when Jesse — who was at home in Washington, D.C. — collapsed. His father, Rev. Jackson, called him on the phone and felt he didn’t sound right.”
“Jesse told his father he was so exhausted, he couldn’t take another step. That’s when Rev. Jackson and Jesse’s brother, Yusef, took him to GW [George Washington] Hospital,”
“His body was just worn out. I never really wanted him to have the gastric surgery in the first place. He called and told me not to worry, but it was obvious he was suffering from a form of depression. So Yusef took him at my suggestion to the Sierra Tucson Treatment Center in Arizona, where they specialize in mental health.”
“What I can tell you is my husband has his good days and bad days and they are increasing his depression medication to therapeutic levels. They are now trying to find out if his depression, which has not yet been diagnosed as a bipolar disorder, is connected to the weight-loss surgery. We don’t know.
“Jesse is now gaining weight and eating and feeling better in that sense, but he is still very depressed. But I am encouraged by the number of tests they are running and the quality of the analysis. Our children talk to him first thing in the morning and the last thing at night,” she said. “His parents were also just with him.”
48-year-old Sandi Jackson was born Sandra Lee Stevens in Kittery, Maine on September 14, 1963 to Robert and sarah Stevens. Sandu grew up in his father’s hometown of Akron, Ohio. She studied at Buchtel High School and then went to Bowling Green State University, received her bachelor’s degree in 1985; then in 1992 she got her juris doctor from the University of Illinois college of Law.
But before she enrolled at Illinois Sandi studied law at Georgetown University Law Center, she was there when she met her soon to be hubby, who talked her into transfer to Illinois with him. They got married on June 1, 1991.
Sandi Jackson’s struggle to become a mother came after having several miscarriages, certainly we all remember the sad new in 1998 when she loss her unborn son when she was 5 month pregnant. Sandi gave first to her first child Jessica Donatella Jackson on March 13, 2000, and welcomed her son Jesse Louis Jackson, III aka “Tre” on September 19, 2003.
On February, 2007 Sandi Jackson was named Representative of the people of the 7th Ward in Chicago’s city council; before that Mrs. Jackson worked as press secretary for United States Congressman Mickey Leland and for Michael Dukakis during the 1988 United States presidential election.
Other important jobs Sandi worked at was as a Director of Scheduling Operations for her father in-law, Deputy Director of Training for the Democratic National Committee, Vice President of Congressional and External Affairs for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, ational Outreach Coordinator for the Bill Clinton- Al Gore 96 Campaign, Deputy Director of Training for the Democratic National Committee.