Mississippi Congressman Undergoes Brain Surgery

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Washington, D.C.

A Republican congressman from north Mississippi is recovering from brain surgery.

Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo had the surgery Monday at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to remove a small mass found on his brain.

A statement released by Nunnelee's office says family members indicate the surgery went well and that Nunnelee is resting comfortably.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Parks has said Nunnelee is expected to be out of his office for several weeks.

Nunnelee was hospitalized in May after experiencing nausea and fatigue, with doctors finding what Nunnelee describes as an "isolated" intra-cranial mass on the right side of his brain.

The 55-year-old says staff will keep him informed of legislative business during his recovery.

Nunnelee, a Republican, was elected in the GOP wave in November 2010 and has represented Mississippi's 1st Congressional District since January 2011.

Nunnelee was unopposed in the June 3 primary. He faces Democrat nominee Ron E. Dickey, Reform Party candidate Lajena Walley and Danny Bedwell, a Libertarian, in November.


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