Rep. Alan Nunnelee Is Dead at 56 & His Family Says He's "Gone Home To Be With Jesus"

Following complications from brain cancer, Republican Congressman Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi's first district passed away on Friday at the age of 56. After the congressman was first diagnosed last May, he bravely returned to Congress after his initial surgeries and kept serving his district. He first arrived to Washington when the Republicans swept the House in 2010. Despite ongoing treatment, the congressman was re-elected to a third term and was seen working on Capital Hill just weeks ago.

In a released statement, Nunnelee's family said:

The late congressman was a man of faith, unafraid to speak openly about his strong beliefs. His website states that he knew "that faith in God is a cornerstone of American life." His official biography mentions that he served as both a deacon and a Sunday school teacher at his Baptist church.

A graduate of Mississippi State University, Nunnelee worked in the insurance industry, eventually becoming the Vice President of Allied Funeral Associates. Later on, he won a seat in the Mississippi state Senate where he established a strong record, setting him up to run for federal office.

In The Clarion-Ledger, Democratic Mississippi state Sen. Hob Bryan Nunnelee remembers Nunnellee's deep sense of fairness, which went far beyond politics and partisan lines:

Nunnelee's official positions on his website include steadfast support for the Second Amendment, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and promoting school choice. The late congressman voted largely with his Republican colleagues, advocating for limited government and fiscal responsibility.

Republican Rep. Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which Nunnelee was a member, reflected on his late colleague's work ethic and personal attributes in a released statement:

Image: Congressman Alan Nunnelee/Facebook