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Congressman Alan Nunnelee Speaks to MC School of Law Spring 2012 Graduation

April 3, 2012

Mississippi’s First District U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee will be the keynote speaker at the Mississippi School of Law’s spring graduation on May 11.

The program begins 10 a.m. that Friday at First Baptist Church Jackson.

A Republican, Nunnelee took the oath of office on January 5, 2011 to join the 112th Congress. He presently serves on the House Appropriations Committee. The Mississippi State University graduate also serves on subcommittees dealing with agriculture, energy and water, military construction and veterans affairs.

Prior to joining the Congress, Nunnelee represented Lee and Pontotoc counties in the state Senate. He served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a leader in national committees on public health.

A Tupelo native, the congressman and his wife, Tori, are the parents of three children, Reed, Emily and Nathan, and have two grandkids. Nunnelee serves as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo.

Nunnelee also serves as a member of the Mississippi College Board of Trustees.

Over the years, the Mississippian has been active in the Tupelo Youth Baseball Association, the Community Development Foundation Board of Directors, and the Northeast Mississippi Association of Life Underwriters.

He began his service in the Mississippi Senate in 1995. Nunnelee defeated incumbent First District U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Democrat, to win his seat on Capitol Hill.

At the Law School commencement, state Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller, Jr. and federal Judge Robert H. Walker, of the MC Law School’s Class of 1978, will receive honorary degrees. Walker is the U.S. Magistrate Judge of the Southern District of Mississippi in Gulfport. Waller was first elected to the Mississippi Supreme Court in November 1996. He received his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1977.

Photo: Alan Nunnelee

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