Former Illinois State Rep. Debbie Halvorson announced her candidacy to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s newly vacant seat, according to the Chicago Tribune. This news comes only months after Halvorson lost to incumbent Jackson for the position in the March 2012 Democratic primary.
Halvorson is known for being the first female Illinois state senate majority leader. She also formerly served as an 11th District Representative in state congress.
Former Rep. Jackson recently resigned from his position as 2nd District Representative Nov. 21, after winning re-election just a couple weeks prior. Plans for the special election have yet to be determined, but officials are estimating the financial burden of Jackson’s resignation to range in the millions.