District 6 Mississippi Senator Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, has been appointed Vice Chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Health Committee.

North Carolina Speaker of the House and incoming NCSL President Joe Hackney recently announced the appointment.

“I am honored to represent the interests of state legislatures in the continuing debate over the changing state-federal relationship,” Nunnelee said.

The Health Committee is one of 11 standing committees of the National Conference of State Legislatures. The standing committees are responsible for developing policies that guide NCSL’s activities on Capitol Hill and within the administration. The policies stress three themes: opposition to unfunded federal mandates, prevention of unnecessary preemption of state laws and protection of state revenue sources.

“Senator Nunnelee brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the table,” said Speaker Joe Hackney. “As a leader of this important committee, Senator Nunnelee will help determine NCSL policies relating to Medicare, Medicaid, health cost and access.”

Nunnelee is chairman of the state senate’s Appropriations Committee and serves as Vice Chairman of the Public Health and Welfare Committee as well as a number of other national committees addressing public health issues.

“I’m convinced that access to affordable quality health care is one of the most important issues facing our state and nation,” Nunnelee said. “I have spent most of my legislative career in these areas, and I am honored that Speaker Hackney has asked me to serve in this important leadership position. This leadership role will allow me to better serve the people of Mississippi.”

Nunnelee has served since 1995.

Sen. Alan Nunnelee Press Release