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Alan Nunnelee
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U.S. House, Mississippi, District 1
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorTravis Childers (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.68 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,207,143
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mississippi State Senate, District 6
Bachelor'sMississippi State University
BirthdayOctober 9, 1958
Place of birthTupelo, Mississippi
ProfessionInsurance Company Owner
Net worth$620,005.50
Office website
Campaign website
Patrick Alan Nunnelee (b. October 9, 1958, in Tupelo, MS) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Mississippi's 1st Congressional District. Nunnelee was first elected to the House in 2010. He won re-election in 2012.

Nunnelee is seeking re-election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Mississippi. He ran uncontested for the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014.[1]

Nunnelee previously served in the Mississippi State Senate, representing the 6th District.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Nunnelee is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


Nunnelee was born in 1958 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He earned his B.S. from Mississippi State University in 1980. Prior to his political career, Nunnelee worked as an insurance company owner.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Nunnelee's political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Nunnelee serves on the following committees:[3]


Nunnelee served on the following House committees:[4]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

Mississippi Senate

Before his resignation from the Mississippi State Senate, Nunnelee served on the following committees:

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Nunnelee's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

American intervention in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Nunnelee signed a letter to President Obama on August 28, 2013. The letter encouraged Obama to "consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria. Your responsibility to do so is prescribed in the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973."[7]


Voted "Yes" Nunnelee supported HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Nunnelee supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Nunnelee opposed House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Nunnelee supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Nunnelee supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[10] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[11]

Budget spending bill

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nunnelee released a statement on September 28, 2013 regarding the budget spending bill. He said, "Today, the House will amend the Senate continuing resolution to include a one-year delay of Obamacare and permanently repeal the job-killing Obamacare medical device tax. We will also pass a separate bill to make sure our troops get paid, no matter what."

"Even the strongest supporters of the Affordable Care Act admit implementation is a train wreck; the law is simply not ready for prime time. Therefore, the Democrat-controlled Senate will have choice: will they shut the government down to protect the President's health care law or agree to keep the government open while granting families and small businesses the same delay from Obamacare that the President has already given big business?"[12]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Nunnelee voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Nunnelee voted against HR 2775.[16]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Nunnelee voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]



Voted "Yes" Nunnelee has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[19]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Nunnelee supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

  • Nunnelee has voted for repealing ObamaCare.[21]
  • He has sponsored a bill to prevent taxpayer money for funding abortions.[21]
  • He has voted for the balanced budget amendment.[21]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Nunnelee voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]


On The Issues Vote Match

Alan Nunnelee's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Nunnelee is a Hard-Core Conservative. Nunnelee received a score of 22 percent on social issues and 83 percent on economic issues.[23]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[24]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[23]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Alan Nunnelee endorsed Rick Santorum in the 2012 presidential election. [25]

Campaign themes


  • Economy & Jobs

Excerpt: "I believe true economic growth comes from the private sector; the government cannot spend us into prosperity."[26]

  • Education

Excerpt: "We should allow states and schools to have the ability to set their own innovative priorities and receive maximum flexibility in advancing those priorities."[26]

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "We need to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to clear the way for patient centered health care reform."[26]

  • Immigration

Excerpt: "We should first and foremost secure the borders and enforce existing laws. We also need to start dealing with the magnet that draws people here and that is the jobs."[26]

  • National Defense

Excerpt: "I support a strong national defense by providing our military with the resources it needs to keep our nation safe and maintain freedom."[26]



See also: Mississippi's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Nunnelee is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran uncontested for the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Mississippi's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Nunnelee won re-election.[27] Nunnelee ran for re-election to the 1st Congressional District in 2012. He defeated Henry Ross and Robert Estes in the March 13 primary election. Nunnelee faced Brad Morris (D), Jim R. Bourland (Constitution), Danny Bedwell (Libertarian) and Chris Potts (Reform) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[28][29]

Alan Nunnelee, "Closing remarks on amendment to prevent taxpayer funding of abortion"[30]
U.S. House, Mississippi District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brad Morris 36.9% 114,076
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Nunnelee Incumbent 60.4% 186,760
     Libertarian Danny Bedwell 1.2% 3,584
     Constitution Jim R. Bourland 0.8% 2,390
     Reform Chris Potts 0.8% 2,367
Total Votes 309,177
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Mississippi's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Nunnelee Incumbent 57.4% 43,487
Robert Estes 13.7% 10,390
Henry Ross 28.9% 21,944
Total Votes 75,821

Full history


On November 6, 2007, Patrick Nunnelee ran for District 6 of the Mississippi State Senate, beating Johnathan Davis.[32]

Patrick Nunnelee raised $187,894 for his campaign.[33]

Mississippi Senate, District 6
Candidates Votes Percent
Patrick Nunnelee (R) 10,094 65.5%
Johnathan Davis (D) 5,314 34.5%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nunnelee is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Nunnelee raised a total of $3,623,643 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 3, 2013.[34][35]

Alan Nunnelee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 1) Won $1,467,759
2010 U.S. House (Mississippi, District 1) Won $1,739,384
2009 Mississippi State Senate, District 6 Won $92,941
2007 Mississippi State Senate, District 6 Won $187,894
2005 Mississippi State Senate, District 6 Won $48,155
2003 Mississippi State Senate, District 6 Won $75,410
1999 Mississippi State Senate, District 6 Won $12,100
Grand Total Raised $3,623,643


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Nunnelee's reports.[36]

Alan Nunnelee (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$157,091.34$5,736.75$(120,660.60)$42,166.49
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$42,166.49$259,678.83$(83,190.18)$218,655.14
October Quarterly[39]October 15, 2013$218,655.14$205,452.63$(72,130.29)$351,977.48
Year-End Quarterly[40]December 31, 2013$351,977$118,350$(67,677)$428,049
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$428,049.92$59,950.00$(148,618.57)$339,381.35
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Nunnelee's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Nunnelee won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Nunnelee's campaign committee raised a total of $1,467,760 and spent $1,432,932.[42]

Cost per vote

Nunnelee spent $7.68 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Nunnelee's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Nunnelee won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Nunnelee's campaign committee raised a total of $1,739,384 and spent $1,617,120.[43]

U.S. House of Representatives, Mississippi's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Alan Nunnelee Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,739,384
Total Spent $1,617,120
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,817,037
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,796,376
Top contributors to Alan Nunnelee's campaign committee
Telapex Inc$20,200
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$15,000
Freedom Project$15,000
Eutaw Construction$14,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$154,400
Health Professionals$143,565
General Contractors$74,450
Lawyers/Law Firms$57,910


Nunnelee was not up for election to the Mississippi State Senate in 2009. During that election cycle, Nunnelee raised a total of $92,941.


Nunnelee won re-election to the Mississippi State Senate in 2007. During that election cycle, Nunnelee raised a total of $187,984.


Nunnelee was not up for election to the Mississippi State Senate in 2005. During that election cycle, Nunnelee raised a total of $48,155.


Nunnelee won re-election to the Mississippi State Senate in 2003. During that election cycle, Nunnelee raised a total of $75,410.


Nunnelee won re-election to the Mississippi State Senate in 1999. During that election cycle, Nunnelee raised a total of $12,100.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Nunnelee's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $365,011 and $875,000. That averages to $620,005.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Nunnelee ranked as the 252nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[44] Between 2009 and 2012, Nunnelee's calculated net worth[45] increased by an average of 17 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[46]

Alan Nunnelee Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:52%
Average annual growth:17%[47]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[49]

Nunnelee most often votes with:

Nunnelee least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Nunnelee is a "far-right Republican," as of June 17, 2013.[50]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Nunnelee missed 54 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013, which is 3.2% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Nunnelee paid his congressional staff a total of $721,470 in 2011. Overall, Mississippi ranked 41st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[51]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Nunnelee was ranked the 43rd most conservative representative during 2012.[52]


According to the data released in 2012, Nunnelee was ranked the 56th most conservative representative during 2011.[53]

Voting with party


Alan Nunnelee voted with the Republican Party 97.8 percent of the time, which ranked 41st among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[54]


Nunnelee lives in Tupelo, Mississippi, with his wife, Tori (nee Bedels), and their three children.[55]

Brain surgery

On June 9, 2014, Nunnelee successfully underwent a procedure to remove a mass on his brain. In a statement, Nunnelee referred to the mass as "isolated."[56]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Travis Childers
U.S. House of Representatives - Mississippi, District 1
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mississippi State Senate, District 6
Succeeded by
Nancy Adams Collins (R)