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Louisiana congressman-elect dies after contracting coronavirus

The state’s congressional delegation responds
Rep.-elect Luke Letlow was just elected to Congress in a runoff election on Dec. 5.
Rep.-elect Luke Letlow was just elected to Congress in a runoff election on Dec. 5.(Gray DC)
Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 10:49 PM EST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R-La.) has died after battling coronavirus.

In a joint statement released Tuesday evening, the Louisiana congressional delegation said, “We are devastated to hear of Luke Letlow’s passing. 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. 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 – needs our prayers. We all join in sending our strongest support to Luke’s wife Julia and their young family, and are keeping them in our prayers.”

Letlow announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 18 and subsequently was admitted to the intensive care unit.

Letlow won a runoff election on Dec. 5 to replace retiring Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.). He previously served as Abraham’s chief of staff.

Gray Television Washington News Bureau’s Peter Zampa interviewed Letlow a few days after his victory. They spoke about his virtual orientation for new members, transitioning from being a staffer to a lawmaker, and his hopes for the term ahead.

Members of the congressional delegation took to social media to share their individual thoughts on Letlow’s passing.

Dianne and I are heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend Luke Letlow, and we send our deepest prayers and condolences...

Posted by Congressman Ralph Abraham on Tuesday, December 29, 2020

We are all in shock tonight, and at a loss for adequate words. We just issued the following joint statement on behalf of...

Posted by Congressman Mike Johnson on Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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