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Friends and colleagues mourn loss of Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow


#Lawmakers and senior staffers are mourning the loss of #Rep.-elect #Luke #Letlow (R-La.), who died of complications from COVID-19 on #Tuesday.

The 41-year-old #Louisiana #Republican was slated to succeed retiring #Rep. #Ralph #Abraham (R-La.), whom he previously served as chief of staff.

#Letlow’s colleagues and friends described him as a loving father to his two young children and husband to his wife, #Julia, and as someone who was committed to serving his community.

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“I knew him for about 20 years, we used to work together in the state of #Louisiana and of course, knowing him in the delegation as well. #Luke, I’ve heard people say this and I know that it’s an overused term but, #Luke was just a good guy. #He’s very approachable and just kind of, you know, very transparent in regard to his style,” #Rep. #Garret #Graves#Garret #Neal #GravesLouisiana #Rep.-elect #Luke #Letlow dies of COVID-19 #House #Republicans who didn’t sign onto the #Texas lawsuit #New #Interior order undermines conservation bill #Trump campaigned on, critics say MORE (R-La.) told The #Hill.

#Graves said that #Letlow was passionate about having the opportunity to represent constituents in rural areas whose voices he felt are ofter not heard.

“Luke really had a heart for these rural areas, had a heart for the, for the farmers and really was excited to represent those that he viewed as being underrepresented across the country, kind of giving a voice to the voiceless,” he said.

“He was just really, really, just energized about representing rural #America and in trying to bring their perspective to the table.”

#Brett #Horton, the chief of staff to #House #Minority #Whip #Steve #Scalise#Stephen (#Steve) #Joseph #ScaliseLouisiana #Rep.-elect #Luke #Letlow dies of COVID-19 #Trump rips GOP leaders for allowing veto override #House poised to override #Trump veto for first time MORE (R-La.),  also praised #Letlow’s character and dedication to helping the underserved.

“Luke and I both grew up in the 5th #Congressional #District, he had a passion for this often overlooked part of the state, and more so than anyone I’ve ever met in politics, a true servant’s heart,” he told The #Hill.

“He was a friend to everyone he met, and his passing has rocked our close-knit delegation to the core.”

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#Graves said the news of #Letlow’s death came as a shock. The two had spoken in recent days about #Letlow coming to #Congress.

“Even though he’s been in the hospital, he and I’d been texting we’d been talking on the phone, there wasn’t a day that went by, where he seemed like he was, he was under any kind of duress and when he moved to #Monroe #Hospital to #Shreveport, everything appeared to be looking up and as a matter of fact, just in the past couple days you know we’re talking and texting about getting sworn in,” he said.

#Former #Louisiana #Gov. #Bobby #Jindal (R) took to #Twitter to pay tribute to his friend.

“#Supriya and I are heartbroken to learn of @LukeLetlow’s passing.  #Luke has been a good friend for so many years, and we are saddened he was taken from us at such a young age. #We had talked in recent days about his excitement about the opportunity to serve the people of the 5th #Congressional district, and his love and devotion for #Julia and their kids,” he tweeted on #Tuesday evening.

“I first met #Luke when he was still a college student, and spent countless hours with him in his truck driving the back roads of #Louisiana. #His passion for service has been a constant throughout his life.”

#Letlow’s death has led to some #Democrats pointing to the need to practice social distancing and wear masks.

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#Speaker #Nancy #Pelosi#Nancy #PelosiWill #Pelosi bail out the GOP on election controversy 2020 was the year of pain, misery and GOP indifference #McConnell blocks vote on K checks, signals new package MORE (D-Calif.) offered her condolences during a press conference on #Wednesday, saying that it could “happen to anyone — and it has happened to nearly 350,000 #Americans.”

“Many of those deaths could have been avoided,” she said. “We must make sure that we are scientific and determined to crush the virus.”

#But #Letlow’s campaign chairman and friend #Scott #Franklin, told #Business #Insider that #Letlow took precautions on the campaign trail during the pandemic.

“I know people are sifting through social media to find photos of him not wearing a mask, but I am telling you, he made an effort to do the best he could while still reaching the people,” #Franklin said. “#Despite coronavirus, these people needed a hero. #And in this district, to do that you have to meet people. They have to look you in the eye and understand they can trust you.”

“#It wasn’t perfect, but I think he did the best he could.”

#Letlow was first admitted to #St. #Francis #Medical #Center due to complications from the coronavirus on #Dec. 19 before being transferred to the #Ochsner LSU #Health ICU on #Dec. 23. #He suffered a heart attack following a procedure related to the virus.

A special election is likely to take place in #March to fill the seat, The #News #Star reports.





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https://thehill.com/homenews/house/532174-friends-and-colleagues-mourn-loss-of-rep-elect-luke-letlow

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