By Katherine Skiba Tribune reporter
2:56 p.m. CDT, September 19, 2012
WASHINGTON — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who has been on a medical leave of absence for three months, has put his Victorian-style townhouse in Washington, D.C. on the market for $2.5 million. Jackson, a South Side Democrat, recently left the Mayo Clinic where he was treated for bipolar disorder. His leave began June 10 and he has not returned to the Capitol. Before entering Mayo, the congressman was treated at Sierra Tucson, a treatment facility in Arizona. In a statement, Jackson chief of staff Rick Bryant indicated that his health care expenses contributed to the decision to sell the home. “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,” the statement read. “The congressman would like to personally thank everyone who has offered prayers on behalf of his family.” The Sept. 8 real estate listing, posted on the Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, says the home was built in 1921 and has four bedrooms, three full baths, two half baths, five fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, a sun room and a rooftop deck with a Jacuzzi. It notes that the sellers “need to find a home of choice.” Jackson, 47, entered Congress in 1995 and faces re-election in the 2nd Congressional District on Nov. 6. Frank Watkins, a spokesman for the congressman, had no comment today. The listing shows the home was purchased for $575,000 in 1998 and has 2,936 square feet of living area. It shows its assessed value in 2011 was $1,293,990 and its tax bill that year was $10,999.
Property records in Washington, D.C. list the owner of the home as “Jesse Louis Jackson, Jr., trustee.” Jackson and his wife, Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, 7th, also own a home in Chicago. After Rep. Jackson left Mayo, his aides said he was convalescing in Washington with his family.