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Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dead from COVID-19


BATON ROUGE, #La. (AP) — #Luke #Letlow, #Louisiana’s incoming #Republican member of the U.S. #House, died #Tuesday night from complications related to COVID-19 only days before he would have been sworn into office. #He was 41.

#Letlow spokesman #Andrew #Bautsch 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. “A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.”

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#Louisiana’s eight-member congressional delegation called #Letlow’s death devastating.

“Luke had such a positive spirit, and 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 in a statement.

The state’s newest congressman, set to take office in #January, was admitted to a #Monroe hospital on #Dec. 19 after testing positive for the coronavirus disease. #He was later transferred to the #Shreveport facility and placed in intensive care.

#Dr. G.E. #Ghali, of LSU #Health #Shreveport, told The #Advocate that #Letlow didn’t have any underlying health conditions that would have placed him at greater risk to COVID-19.

#Letlow, from the small town of #Start in #Richland #Parish, was elected in a #December runoff election for the sprawling 5th #District U.S. #House seat representing central and northeastern regions of the state, including the cities of #Monroe and #Alexandria.

#He was to fill the seat being vacated by his boss, #Republican #Ralph #Abraham. #Letlow had been #Abraham’s chief of staff and ran with #Abraham’s backing for the job.

#Gov. #John #Bel #Edwards urged people to pray for #Letlow’s family.

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“COVID-19 has taken #Congressman-elect #Letlow from us far too soon,” the #Democratic governor said in a statement. “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.”

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

U.S. #House leaders offered their condolences #Tuesday night.

“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,” said #House #Speaker #Nancy #Pelosi.

#House #Minority #Leader #Kevin #McCarthy said: “Our hearts break tonight as we process the news of #Congressman-elect #Luke #Letlow’s passing.”

#Before working for #Abraham, #Letlow had worked for former #Gov. #Bobby #Jindal’s administration. #Jindal’s one-time chief of staff, #Timmy #Teepell, described #Letlow on #Twitter as “a good man with a kind heart and a passion to serve. #He loved #Louisiana and his family. #He was a brother and I’m heart broken he’s gone.”

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#Letlow is one of more than 7,000 people in #Louisiana who have died from COVID-19 since #March, according to data from the state health department.

#When he announced his positive test for COVID-19, #Letlow joined a list of #Louisiana officials who have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic began, including U.S. #Sen. #Bill #Cassidy, #Lt. #Gov. #Billy #Nungesser, #Attorney #General #Jeff #Landry, #Treasurer #John #Schroder, U.S. #Rep. #Mike #Johnson and U.S. #Rep. #Cedric #Richmond.

#Cassidy, a #Republican and doctor who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year and has since recovered, posted in a #Twitter video: “It just, just, just, just brings home COVID can kill. #For most folks it doesn’t, but it truly can. #So, as you remember #Luke, his widow, his children in your prayers, remember as well to be careful with COVID.”

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