Republican US Rep. Alan Nunnelee dies at 56

Republican US Rep. Alan Nunnelee dies at 56

JACKSON, MS (AP & WMC) - 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.

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.

Alan Nunnelee's communications director sent the following email Friday afternoon:

"Congressman Alan Nunnelee has gone home to be with Jesus. He was well loved and will be greatly missed."

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant ordered that all United States and Mississippi flags fly at half-staff on all state buildings and grounds.

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