Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who took a leave of absence from Congress, is suffering from a medical condition more serious than “initially believed,” according to a statement from his office.
The nine-term lawmaker is receiving “in-patient” treatment for “certain physical and emotional ailments,” the statement noted. It did not provide additional details about his illness or how long he would be absent from Capital Hill.
“Congressman Jackson’s medical condition is more serious than we thought and initially believed,” Jackson spokesman Frank Watkins said. “Recently, we have been made aware that he has grappled with certain physical and emotional ailments privately for a long period of time.”