Jesse Jackson Jr.'s successor, Robin Kelly, is to be sworn into Congress 1 p.m. Thursday giving the people of the 2nd congressional district its first public presence in Washington in about nine months.
Kelly, 56, of Matteson, a onetime state lawmaker, sailed to victory in Tuesday night's special election. By Wednesday morning, she was in Washington D.C. where a measure to expand background checks for gun purchases was being considered in the U.S. Senate. Kelly had run on a platform of curbing gun violence, touting her F rating with the NRA. In her victory speech on Tuesday she vowed to "take on" the NRA in Congress.
Her swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the U.S. Capitol Building in the House chambers, according to her campaign manager, Jonathan Blair.
It was June of 2012 when Jackson mysteriously disappeared from his post in D.C. eventually saying he suffered from bipolar depression.