“Congressman Alan Nunnelee has gone home to be with Jesus. He was well loved and will be greatly missed,” his family said in a statement.
The Republican congressman from Mississippi was 56-years-old and died after a battle with brain cancer. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in the spring.
Nunnelee cruised to reelection in November, but could not travel to take the oath of office on Capitol Hill because of his medical condition. He was sworn in from a medical center in Mississippi on Jan. 12.
President Barack Obama remembered Nunnelee as a dedicated public servant and a man of faith.
“Alan Nunnelee served this House with grace and distinction,” Boehner said.
“Alan was not only a fantastic legislator, but a trusted colleague, friend, and shining example of the Mississippi values that we all hold near and dear to our hearts,” said in a statement.
And Nunnelee’s sole Democratic colleague from Mississippi, Rep. Bennie Thompson said in a statement he is “deeply saddened” by Nunnelee’s passing and offered his condolences to the congressman’s family.