Nunnelee looks at race for Congress

State Sen. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, is pondering a possible race for Congress, and this week he’ll go on a “listening tour” of Northeast Mississippi to hear what people think.

“What I am attempting to do is get a feel of what my future leadership role should be – whether I should look for an expanded role in Jackson or pursue opportunities in Washington,” Nunnelee said recently.

As chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Nunnelee is close to the zenith of power in the Mississippi Legislature.

He has contemplated running previously for statewide office, particularly lieutenant governor. That office is expected to be open in 2011 with Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant a probable candidate for governor.

But Nunnelee recently has been focusing on the possibility of a race for the 1st District U.S. House seat in 2010. Incumbent Democrat Travis Childers, former Prentiss County chancery clerk, won the seat last year in a special election and then secured a full two-year term in November.

Daily Journal
4/19/9