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Louisiana congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies at 41 of COVID-19 complications


#Louisiana congressman-elect #Luke #Letlow died #Tuesday of COVID-19 at #Ochsner-LSU #Health #Shreveport, his campaign manager confirmed. The 41-year-old #Republican had announced his COVID-19 diagnosis just 11 days earlier.

#Letlow defeated representative #Lance #Harris in a #December 5 runoff election to become the representative for #Louisiana’s 5th #Congressional district. #He was set to replace #Republican #Ralph #Abraham, who served for three terms, and for whom #Letlow served as chief of staff.

“There are no words for this loss,” #Abraham said in a statement. “There was no one like #Luke #Letlow, and there was no one who loved this state and its people more. #Luke was a part of our family, and we are so incredibly proud of the man he was. #Luke leaves behind a legacy of service, a love for his community, and a love and understanding of people of every walk of life that will forever be unmatched.”

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#Just two weeks after the win, #Letlow announced he had tested positive for COVID-19. #Within days, the congressman-elect was hospitalized. #On #December 23, a representative for #Letlow said he was in “stable condition” in an intensive care unit and was receiving #Remdesivir and steroids.

#He is survived by his wife and two young children.

#Congressman-elect #Luke #Letlow, 41, passed away this evening at #Ochsner-LSU #Health #Shreveport due to complications from…

#Posted by #Luke #Letlow on #Tuesday, #December 29, 2020

“COVID-19 has taken #Congressman-elect #Letlow from us far too soon. I am heartbroken that he will not be able to serve our people as a U.S. #Representative, but I am even more devastated for his loving family,” #Louisiana #Governor #John #Bel #Edwards said #Tuesday in a statement. “#Louisiana has lost more than 7,300 people to COVID-19 since #March, and each one of them leaves a tremendous hole in our state.”

#Flags in the state will fly at half-staff on the day of #Letlow’s funeral, #Edwards said. #Funeral details and arrangements have not yet been announced.

#Louisiana #Secretary of #State #Robert #Kyle #Ardoin tweeted that “hearts are heavy” and that #Letlow was a “man who dedicated his short life to the betterment of our state and our nation.”

#Louisiana #Representative #Mike #Johnson tweeted he is “in shock tonight, and at a loss for adequate words.” #He and the other five members of the state’s congressional delegation issued a joint statement, saying they are “devastated” by #Letlow’s death.

“#Luke had such a positive spirit, and he had a tremendously bright future ahead of him. #He was looking forward to serving the people of #Louisiana in #Congress, and we were excited to welcome him to our delegation where he was ready to make an even greater impact on our state and our nation,” they said. “#More than anything, #Luke was a loving husband, father, brother, and son, and his family, like so many others who have been affected by this evil disease, need our prayers.”

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#House #Speaker #Nancy #Pelosi also offered words of condolence, saying #Letlow was “a ninth generation #Louisianan who fought passionately for his point of view and dedicated his life to public service.”

“#As the #House grieves #Congressman-elect #Letlow’s passing, our sorrow is compounded by the grief of so many other families who have also suffered lives cut short by this terrible virus,” #Pelosi added.

#Over the past few months, #Letlow has posted numerous photos of himself and dozens of others at campaign and community events without masks and without social distancing. #He had also pushed for states to “reopen the economy” amid the pandemic.

#More than 304,000 people in #Louisiana have tested positive for COVID-19, according to #Johns #Hopkins #University. #Nationwide, there have been more than 19.5 million cases and more than 338,000 deaths.





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