Patrick "Alan" Nunnelee(Rep)
Telephone:202-225-4306 (Main phone number)
Birth place:Tupelo, MS
Undergraduate education: Mississippi State University
Alan Nunnelee was born Tupelo, Miss., where he now resides. He earned a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University.
Nunnelee started losing his sight in college because of keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease. He received a left cornea transplant in April 1980, a few months before graduating from college. He received a right cornea transplant in January 1982.
Nunnelee is in the insurance business in Tupelo and was a Mississippi state senator from 1995 until his election to the U.S. House in 2010.
He and his wife, Tori, have three children.
Alan Nunnelee faces Democratic challenger Brad Morris in the November 2012 general election for north Mississippi's 1st District seat. Libertarian Danny Bedwell, the Constitution Party's Jim R. Bourland and the Reform Party's Chris Potts will also be on the general election ballot.
Nunnelee won the March 2012 Republican primary with 57 percent of the vote against two challengers.
Nunnelee was a longtime state senator and chairman of the state Senate's Appropriations Committee when he unseated Democratic U.S. Rep. Travis Childers in the November 2010 general election. Childers had held the seat since 2008, when he won it in a special election.
Nunnelee was elected to Congress with the help of tea party voters, but Mississippi Tea Party Chairman Roy Nicholson said in September 2011 that Nunnelee had voted against proposed spending cuts that the tea party supported. Nunnelee defended himself by saying he would rather not have voted to raise the federal debt ceiling in mid-2011, but that he thought the increase was necessary to avoid a government shutdown.
Nunnelee frequently criticizes federal stimulus spending, although as chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee, he used millions of federal stimulus dollars to help balance the Mississippi budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal years.
He has said the 2010 federal health care reform bill was an expensive mistake. He sponsored a bill in the Mississippi Senate in 2010 that sought to ban public funds from being spent on abortions under any health exchanges that might be created under the reform bill. Mississippi state law already had such a ban, but Republican Gov. Haley Barbour signed Nunnelee's bill into law.
Nunnelee said during a May 2010 campaign stop at a Rotary Club luncheon in Corinth, Miss., that the United States survived the traumas of Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11, but that those attacks were less of a threat to America than the higher spending and government expansion he said was being pushed by Democrats.
Nunnelee served in the Mississippi Senate starting in 1995, representing parts of Lee and Pontotoc counties. He is a former chairman of the Senate Public Health Committee and he became the Senate Appropriations chairman in early 2008.
Committee Assignments: Appropriations
American Conservative Union Rating: 83
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 0
Alan Nunnelee won his June 2014 primary, he will face Ron Dickey in November.
(Last updated by The Associated Press on June 12, 2014.)