Rep. Nunnelee able to return home to Mississippi after brain surgery

Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) has recovered enough from recent brain surgery to be able to return home to Mississippi, he announced Friday.

Nunnelee, a second-term lawmaker, underwent brain surgery in Houston on June 9. He was moved later that month to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for further rehabilitation. Earlier this month, he moved to a Johns Hopkins outpatient center and is now heading home.

"My recent illness has caused me to be hospitalized for an extended period and unfortunately, it has physically separated me from the places and people I dearly love," Nunnelee wrote in a statement to supporters sent Friday morning. "My medical team says I have made significant progress, and in their expert opinion, I am now ready to return to my beloved Mississippi for the remainder of my outpatient stroke rehabilitation."

Nunnelee was first hospitalized in May due to nausea and fatigue. At the time, doctors found a mass on the right side of his brain. Later, he told supporters that the mass was "isolated" and operable. Frequent updates from his office suggested that the congressman was recovering and dealing with speech and mobility issues on his left side.

A former state senator, Nunnelee previously served as a vice president of Allied Funeral Associates, a life insurance company. He is a Baptist deacon and Sunday school teacher is a staunch opponent of abortion rights. Nunnelee serves on the House Appropriations Committee. He is running for reelection this year in a safely Republican district.


Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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