Alan Nunnelee

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Alan Nunnelee
Alan Nunnelee, 112th Congress Official Portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Travis Childers
Member of the Mississippi Senate
from the 6th district
In office
January 1995 – January 2011
Preceded by Roger Wicker
Succeeded by Nancy Adams Collins
Personal details
Born Patrick Alan Nunnelee
(1958-10-09) October 9, 1958 (age 56)
Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tori Nunnelee
Children Reed
Residence Tupelo, Mississippi
Alma mater Mississippi State University
Religion Southern Baptist

Patrick Alan Nunnelee (born October 9, 1958) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 1st congressional district since 2011. Previously he served in the Mississippi State Senate, representing the 6th district, from 1995 to 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Nunnelee was born in Tupelo, in Lee County, Mississippi, on October 9, 1958.[1] Nunnelee graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Mississippi in 1976 and then attended Mississippi State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1980. While a student at MSU he lost much of his eyesight to a degenerative eye disease. Although legally blind he continued his studies. His sight was restored after receiving cornea transplants.

Nunnelee was employed by American Funeral Assurance Co., eventually becoming vice president of sales and marketing. His father was also employed by the company, rising to president and CEO. In 1996, Nunnelee and his father founded Allied Funeral Associates, Inc. and Allied Funeral Associates Insurance Company and he has served as Vice-President and Director of both entities.[1]

Before beginning his political career he was a popular speaker, crediting God, organ donors, and organizations such as the Lions Club for having his eyesight restored.

Mississippi Senate[edit]


In 1995, incumbent Republican State Senator Roger Wicker of the 6th district resigned in order to take up a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Nunnelee ran and won. In 1999, he won re-election to a second term unopposed.[2] In 2003, he won re-election to a third term with 69% of the vote.[3] In 2007, he won re-election to a fourth term with 66% of the vote.[4]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Senate Committee on Appropriations[5]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



In the Republican primary for Mississippi's 1st congressional district, Nunnelee 52% defeats Henry Ross (33%) and Angela McGlowan (15%).[6] In the November 2010 general election, Nunnelee defeated Democratic incumbent U.S. Congressman Travis Childers 55%-41%.[7]


After redistricting, Eupora Mayor Henry Ross and businessman Robert Estes decided to challenge Nunnelee in the Republican primary. In March 2012, he won the primary (57%) defeating Ross (29%) and Estes (14%).[8][9]


In 2011, U.S. Congressman Nunnelee became a co-sponsor of Bill H.R.3261 otherwise known as the Stop Online Piracy Act.[10]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Nunnelee married Tori Bedells of Clinton, MS, a graduate of University of Southern Mississippi Nursing School.[11] They have three children: Reed Nunnelee (Flowood, MS), Emily Nunnelee (Mississippi State) and Nathan Nunnelee (Mississippi State).

Nunnelee underwent brain surgery at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center after the discovery of a mass on his brain in May of 2014. He was then brought to TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital and later Johns Hopkins Hospital to undergo chemotherapy and radiation and receive therapy to restore his speech and mobility on the left side of his body.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b "". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS State Senate 06 Race - Nov 02, 1999". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS State Senate 06 Race - Nov 04, 2003". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS State Senate 06 Race - Nov 06, 2007". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Memphis Commercial Appeal, January 12, 2008.
  6. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS District 1 - R Primary Race - Jun 01, 2010". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS - District 01 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "2014 Election Results Senate: Live Map by State, Midterm Races Races". POLITICO. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - MS District 01 - R Primary Race - Mar 13, 2012". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Bill H.R.3261;;
  11. ^ Long, Robert Lee (May 26, 2010). "Alan Nunnelee wants to serve First District". Desoto Times Tribune. 
  12. ^ "Nunnelee to undergo chemotherapy". Hattiesburg American. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Rep. Nunnelee plans return to D.C. following brain surgery". Clarion-Ledger. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Travis Childers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 1st congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Rich Nugent
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Steven Palazzo