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Luke Letlow, a US representative-elect from Louisiana, has died of Covid-19


#Representative-elect #Luke #Letlow, a #Louisiana #Republican, died on #Tuesday from complications of #Covid-19.

The 41-year-old father of two young children, #Letlow became the first member of #Congress or member-elect to die from the disease. #His death has prompted messages of support for his family from both parties, with #House #Speaker #Nancy #Pelosi saying in a statement, “Congressman-elect #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 continued. “May it be a comfort to #Luke’s wife #Julia and their children #Jeremiah and #Jacqueline that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”

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#Indeed, #Letlow’s death comes as the virus reaches terrifying new heights, having claimed the lives of more than 300,000 #Americans. #And while he is the first federal elected official to die from #Covid-19, many others have tested positive, including #Louisiana #Sen. #Bill #Cassidy and, of course, #President #Trump.

#His death is a reminder that despite claims to the contrary, the disease can and does affect young and healthy people. #It’s also a reminder that it is circulating widely pretty much everywhere in #America — including at the highest levels of government.

#Letlow’s death has federal and #Louisiana officials in mourning

#Letlow announced on #December 18 that he had tested positive for the virus, according to #Politico. #He was hospitalized the following day, the #New #York #Times reported.

#According to a doctor at a #Shreveport, #Louisiana, hospital where he was treated, #Letlow had no underlying conditions that would have predisposed him to serious complications from #Covid-19. #His death was “all #Covid related,” the doctor said.

#Letlow is survived by his wife, a 3-year-old son, and an 11-month-old daughter. “The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,” a spokesperson said in a statement #Tuesday.

#Among those in #Congress offering tributes was #House #Minority #Leader #Kevin #McCarthy, who said in a statement that “our hearts break tonight as we process the news.”

#Luke had such a positive spirit, and a tremendously bright future ahead of him,” the #Louisiana congressional delegation said in a joint statement. “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.”

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#Letlow was set to become the youngest member of the #Louisiana delegation, according to NOLA.com. #Now, it will be up to #Louisiana #Gov. #John #Bel #Edwards to hold a special election for his seat. The governor has not yet announced such an election, though he issued a statement mourning #Letlow’s death on #Tuesday.

“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,” the governor said, closing with a reminder of the ongoing crisis of which #Letlow’s death forms a part: “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.”





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