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Luke Letlow, 41-year-old congressman-elect, dies with COVID-19


#Luke #Letlow, the newly elected member of #Congress from #Louisiana, died #Tuesday night from complications related to COVID-19, a spokesman announced.

The #Associated #Press reported earlier this month that #Letlow, a 41-year-old #Republican, had been hospitalized after being diagnosed with the virus. #He was days away from being sworn into office.

#Dr. G.E. #Ghali, of LSU #Health #Shreveport, told NOLA.com that #Letlow was in critical condition but showed signs of improvement.  #He “apparently suffered a cardiac event this evening that was refractory to all resuscitation efforts.”

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#Rep. #Steve #Scalise, another #Republican from the state, issued a statement calling #Letlow a “positive spirit” who had a “tremendously bright future ahead of him.”

#Speaker of the #House #Nancy #Pelosi also issued a statement saying the entire body mourns his passing.

“#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,” she wrote in a statement.

#Andrew #Bautsch, the #Letlow spokesman, confirmed the congressman-elect’s death at #Ochsner-LSU #Health #Shreveport.

“The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,” #Bautsch said in a statement.

The family said in a statement that he was admitted to a hospital in #Monroe, #La., on #Dec. 19, and then transferred to the #Shreveport facility when his condition worsened.

#Letlow won his first race for #Congress after defeating three-term state #Rep. #Lance #Harris, according to the #News-Star.

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#Letlow said in a statement at the time that he ran for office because “I know firsthand what our needs are, and because I will serve this district to get real results for our constituents. #Each and every person across our rural landscape, whether it’s #Bastrop, #Bunkie, #Bogalusa, or all the places in between, has my word that I will never stop fighting to move #Louisiana’s 5th #District forward.”

#Letlow, a former chief of staff, was to fill the seat being vacated by his former boss, #Republican #Ralph #Abraham, who served three terms in office.

#Louis #Gurvich, the #Republican party chair, told NOLA.com, “#We’re all in disbelief. The world was his oyster.”

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#He is survived by his wife, #Julia #Barnhill #Letlow, and two children.

The #Associated #Press contributed to this report

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