- Associated Press - Sunday, March 19, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A state office building could soon be named for a Mississippi congressman who died in 2015.

Legislators have passed the final version of Senate Bill 2564 , to name the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality headquarters as the Patrick Alan Nunnelee building. It is in downtown Jackson.

Nunnelee, who went by Alan, was a Republican from Tupelo. He spent 16 years in the state Senate starting in 1995, eventually becoming chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

He unseated a Democratic incumbent in north Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District in November 2010, and took office in January 2011.

Nunnelee died in February 2015 after experiencing several months of health problems, including a brain tumor. He was 56.

Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to sign the bill, which would become law July 1.

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