- The Washington Times - Friday, February 6, 2015

Mississippi Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee died Friday at age 56 from complications from brain cancer.

Congressman Alan Nunnelee has gone home to be with Jesus. He was well loved and will be greatly missed,” members of his family said in a statement.

Nunnelee, who was serving his third term, underwent brain surgery last June after doctors found a tumor in May. He suffered a stroke during the procedure, which left him with impaired speech and numbness on his left side, Roll Call reported.

He has been in and out of hospitals and rehabilitation centers for the past year. He was hospitalized again in December in Mississippi and was unable to take the oath of office for the latest session of Congress on Jan 6. He was sworn in a week later by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, USA Today reported.

Nunnelee, who was part of the 2010 GOP wave election that gave Republicans the House majority, served on the House Appropriations Committee.

Alan was one of those rare individuals that was driven, astute and loyal to God, family and country. He was a true gentleman at his very core. As a colleague, he was a workhorse — at times eschewing the limelight but ever-willing to dig down and get the hard work done,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, New York Republican, said in a statement.

“His work in Congress and on the Appropriations Committee is a testament to his dedication to making his district and this country a better place for all. And as a friend, no one could ask for a more loyal and decent man by your side,” Mr. Rogers said. “We are truly saddened that we have lost such a great man so early in life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew and loved Alan.”

Before representing Mississippi’s rural first district in the House, Nunnelee served in the state Senate from 1995 to 2011 and was chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee from 2008 to 2011.

He was a staunch social conservative, spearheading efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Mississippi, a ban that has since been struck down by the courts.

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