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Republican US Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi dies at 56

Alan Nunnelee

Alan Nunnelee

JACKSON — A spokeswoman says U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi, a fiscal and social conservative elected to Congress in a Republican wave of 2010, has died. He was 56.

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Elizabeth Parks, the spokeswoman in Nunnelee’s congressional office, said he died Friday in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi.

In June 2014, Nunnelee had a stroke while surgeons were removing a brain tumor. In December, Nunnelee was hospitalized in Tupelo for treatment of a bleeding problem in his left leg. He was too ill to go to Washington in early January to be sworn in for his third two-year term. House leaders let him take his oath from a federal judge in Mississippi.

In 2010, Nunnelee unseated Democrat Travis Childers, who had held north Mississippi’s 1st District seat since mid-2008.

 

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