Newly-Elected US Lawmaker, Luke Letlow Dies From Coronavirus

Newly-elected US lawmaker, Luke Letlow dies from Coronavirus

Newly-elected US lawmaker, Luke Letlow dies from Coronavirus. 41-year-old Republican Luke Letlow who was elected as Representative for Louisiana’s 5th district and was due to be sworn in on Sunday December 2, has died from Coronavirus complications.

Letlow who was elected to represent Louisiana’s 5th District in Congress as the state’s youngest U.S. representative, died at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport from “complications from COVID-19,” his spokesman, Andrew Bautsch said in a statement.

The lawmaker was admitted to a Monroe hospital with COVID-19 symptoms on December 19th before being transferred to the Shreveport hospital and moving to the intensive care unit on December 23rd.

On the day of Letlow’s funeral, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards requested that flags be flown at half-mast.

Edwards tweeted;

@FirstLadyOfLA and I offer our condolences to the family of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow on his passing after a battle with COVID-1919 with heavy hearts.

COVID-19 just too quickly took Congressman-elect Letlow from us. I am heartbroken that our people will not be able to serve him as a U.S. Representative, except for his caring family, I am much more saddened.

I hope that all the people of Louisiana will join me and Donna in praying for the family of Congressman-elect Letlow, including his wife Julia and their two children, his many relatives, and the people of the 5th Congressional District.

Since March, Louisiana has lost more than 7,300 people to COVID-19, and each of them is leaving a big void in our state.

On the day of the funeral of Congressman-elect Letlow, I ordered flags to be flown at half-staff.

Letlow’s wife, Julie Barnhill Letlow, and two young children survived. The congressman-elect of Start, a small rural community east of Monroe, beat out Alexandria state Rep. Lance Harris, also a Republican, in a runoff election to succeed Abraham on Dec. 5th.

He was well-known among Louisiana political and government officials, having previously worked for Bobby Jindal when Jindal was in Congress and later in the governor’s office. In 2014, he arrived at Abraham’s office after a stint working in government affairs with a Denver energy firm.


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