Patrick Alan Nunnelee (born October 9, 1958) is the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He formerly served as the Mississippi State Senator for District 6.
Nunnelee was born in Tupelo, in Lee County, Mississippi, on October 9, 1958. Nunnelee graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, MS in 1976 and then attended Mississippi State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1980. While a student at MSU he lost much of his eyesight to a degenerative eye disease.
Although legally blind he continued his studies. His sight was restored after receiving cornea transplants.
Nunnelee was employed by American Funeral Assurance Co., eventually becoming vice president of sales and marketing. His father was also employed by the company, rising to president and CEO. In 1996, Nunnelee and his father founded Allied Funeral Associates, Inc. and Allied Funeral Associates Insurance Company and he has served as Vice-President and Director of both entities.
Before beginning his political career he was a popular speaker, crediting God, organ donors, and organizations such as the Lions Club for having his eyesight restored.
Nunnelee was elected to the Mississippi State Senate in 1994 to replace Roger Wicker following Wicker’s election to the U.S.
House of Representatives. From January 2008 to January 2011, Nunnelee served as the Chair of the state senate’s appropriations committee.
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In the Republican primary for Mississippi's 1st congressional district, Nunnelee, the perceived front-runner in the three-way race, won 52 percent of the vote. Henry Ross was second with 33 percent, and Angela McGlowan was third with 15 percent.
In the November 2010 election, Nunnelee defeated Democratic incumbent Travis Childers. Constitutionalist Gail Giaramita, Independent Conservative Party candidate Wally Pang of Batesville, Libertarian Harold Taylor, and Reformist Barbara Dale Washer also ran.
Nunnelee married Tori Bedells of Clinton, MS, a graduate of University of
Southern Mississippi Nursing School. They have three children: Reed Nunnelee (Flowood, MS), Emily Nunnelee (Mississippi State) and Nathan Nunnelee (Mississippi State).
December 7th, 2011