- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A sample of the reactions to the death of Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi:

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President Barack Obama: “Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Alan Nunnelee. … Alan never wavered in his determination to serve the men and women who placed their trust in him, even as he bravely battled the illness that ultimately took his life. As a Sunday School teacher and a deacon at his church, Alan believed deeply in the power of faith and the strength of American families. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Alan’s family.”

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Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi: “We have lost a true public servant with the passing of Alan Nunnelee, who dedicated so much of his life to improving Mississippi. I am grateful for his friendship and all he accomplished for our state. My thoughts and prayers are with Tori and the entire Nunnelee family at this sad time.”

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Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi: “Alan was a courageous man who knew what he believed in and remained steadfast in those convictions. … Alan had a strong faith that guided his actions. He had a way of bringing people together on issues that affected our state and nation. … Alan overcame a lot of adversity, including blindness and physical illness. I fully expected him to overcome this one, too. He was my close my friend and confidant for 33 years. Gayle and I will truly miss him.”

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Republican: “Alan Nunnelee has been like a brother to me and was one of my dearest friends and companions. I will miss him greatly. Deborah and I are praying for Tori and their children. He was the best man I’ve ever known.”

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi: “I am deeply saddened by the death of my colleague, Congressman Alan Nunnelee. … I offer my condolences to his beloved wife Tori and to his entire family. Throughout our service together in Washington, Alan would always remember to ask about my family each time we spoke, especially my grandchildren … My sympathies go out to his loved ones during this time, and I hope they take comfort in his peace.”

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Republican U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi: “With heavy hearts, Sidney and I extend our love and prayers to Tori and her entire family in the loss of Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee. Alan was not only a loyal and dedicated statesman, but he was my friend and encourager. His devotion to his family, his love for Mississippi, and his commitment to our Lord gave me strength and inspiration. He served his congressional district and the people of Mississippi with great care and dedication, and we will miss him greatly.”

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Republican U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi: “Alan was not only a fantastic legislator, but a trusted colleague, friend and shining example of the Mississippi values that we all hold near and dear to our hearts. My prayers go out to Alan’s wife Tori, his family, and the staff that he always treated like family. He will be missed greatly.”

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State Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville: “Alan and I were at opposite ends of the political spectrum but I always found him to be a gentleman, a patriot, a devoted public servant and a family man. We shared the Public Health chairmanships jointly for four years and I found him principled, stoic, studious and stalwart. My heart bleeds for his wife, family and all of us who respected this outstanding public servant and model citizen.”

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Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, a Republican: “The passing of Alan Nunnelee is a great, great loss for his family, his community, our state and our nation. It is also a great loss to me personally. I have known Alan and his family for many years and I was lucky to count him among my dearest friends. I was fortunate to serve in the state Senate with him and was able to see firsthand his knowledge, faith, sense of fairness and his concern for the people of our state. I am going to miss him greatly, as will the people of Mississippi.”

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican: “Mississippi lost a passionate public servant in Congressman Nunnelee. Whether in the halls of the Mississippi Capitol or our nation’s Capitol, Alan fought for a stronger state, better lives for its citizens and a vibrant north Mississippi. Elee and I are praying for his wife, Tori, and family during this difficult time.”

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Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican: “Mississippi has lost a statesman, patriot, long-time public servant and valued leadership for our future and for our country. Rarely does one individual possess these talents. Alan possessed them all.”

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Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton: “Our prayers are with U.S. Congressman Alan Nunnelee’s family. He was an honorable leader.”

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Ron Dickey, Nunnelee’s Democratic challenger in the 2014 election: “My heart goes out to the Nunnelee family.”


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