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Congressman Nunnelee had stroke during brain surgery

TUPELO — Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee says he had a stroke two months ago while undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor.

The 55-year-old Republican from Tupelo revealed the information about the stroke in an online newsletter and a Facebook post Sunday.

Nunnelee spokeswoman Elizabeth Parks says it is the first time the congressman has publicly discussed the stroke. His office has said for weeks that he has been undergoing therapy for difficulties with speech and left-side mobility.

Surgeons at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston removed a small mass from Nunnelee’s brain June 9. He is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy at Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Nunnelee was first elected to Congress in 2010 and is running again.

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