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
Incumbent
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 55)
Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tori Nunnelee
Children Reed
Emily
Nathan
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]

Elections[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]

Elections[edit]

2010

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]

2012

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]

Tenure[edit]

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).

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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

2011–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Rich Nugent
United States Representatives by seniority
321st
Succeeded by
Steven Palazzo