Luke Letlow, Congressman-elect of Louisiana, died after battling with the coronavirus. Letlow was about to represent Louisiana’s Baton Rouge area after he won a runoff earlier this December.
For the state’s northeastern 5th congressional district, he was set to be sworn in as the U.S representative on Jan. 3.
His death was less than a week before he was set to take his office.
Congressman-Elect Of Louisiana, Luke Letlow Dies From COVID-19
Letlow’s spokesman Andrew Bautsch announced his death in a statement and said that his family appreciated the numerous prayers and support over the past days and asked for privacy during this unexpected and difficult time.
He also said that his family would later announce a statement on the funeral arrangement.
Earlier, Letlow announced that he was tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 18, and the next day he was admitted to the hospital.
Through social media, he kept his followers updated with his conditions. At St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La., he was at the ICU, days before his death. On Dec. 22, he was later shifted to Ochsner-LSU Health in Shreveport.
On Dec. 23, Bautsch conveyed in a statement that Letlow’s condition was stable and receiving Remdesivir and steroids for his treatment. Despite this, Letlow’s condition worsened recently.
According to a statement that Bautsch shared on Facebook, Letlow was 41, and he is survived by his wife Julia and two young children.
According to the New Orleans Public Radio, he served as the chief of staff for Rep. Ralph, his predecessor, previously for six years. He entered politics working for the former governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.
The state’s governor John Bel Edwards ordered the flags to flow at half-staff on his funeral day and said in a statement that Letlow felt a calling from a young age to serve the people of Louisiana.
His congressional colleagues shared their condolences on the news of his death.
Kevin McCarthy, the House Monitory Leader, tweeted that his heart was broken as he processed the news of Letlow’s death.
A joint statement was issued by the House Minority Whip Steve Scalise on Congress’s Louisiana deputation. The statement said that Luke had a positive spirit and a bright future ahead.
As a Congressman-elect, looking forward to serving his people in Louisiana. Congress was excited to welcome him to their delegation as well. He was prepared to make an even greater impact on the state and the nation.
In Louisiana since the outbreak of the pandemic, more than 304,000 positive cases of the coronavirus were confirmed. According to the state health agency, around 7,400 people in Louisiana have died from COVID-19.
The governor would call a special election at any time since the Congressional seats in Louisiana became vacant.