Alan Nunnelee Advances in Young Guns Program
Mississippi Republican Becomes One of Thirteen ‘Contenders’ Nationwide

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced today that Republican Alan Nunnelee (MS-01) has reached ‘Contender’ status as part of its Young Guns recruitment program. ‘Contender’ status is the second step in the three-level program, with Nunnelee now facing a new set of benchmarks to reach ‘Young Gun’ status in his bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Travis Childers.

Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program is a member-driven organization dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. By achieving ‘Contender’ status, Nunnelee has already proven his ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve vital fundraising goals.

Alan Nunnelee has been a Mississippi State Senator since 1995 and is currently the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations. Throughout his tenure in the State Senate, Alan Nunnelee has fought for more jobs, lower taxes and Mississippi values. Among his achievements, Senator Nunnelee is noted for his role in bringing comprehensive tort reform to the state of Mississippi. Nunnelee is also a dedicated family man, community leader, deacon and Sunday School teacher who is committed to fighting for the futures of Mississippi families.

“Alan Nunnelee has already proven that he will be a formidable candidate by meeting the Young Guns program’s rigorous goals and is well on his way to building a winning campaign and putting this seat back in the Republican column,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions. “Alan is part of a strong and growing candidate pool of everyday Americans who are frustrated with the majority’s big-government ways and aren’t willing to stand idly by any longer. His campaign has put Democrats on notice that Americans are ready to turn the page on the failed experiment known as the Obama-Pelosi agenda.”

While already having completed certain steps to place him on the road to victory, Nunnelee now faces a new set of rigorous benchmarks that will elevate him to the top level of the Young Guns program and help him build an effective, winning campaign.