MONROE, La. (KNOE) – Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19.
Letlow’s representative, Andrew Bautsch, released the following statement online Tuesday evening.
“Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, passed away this evening at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to complications from COVID-19.
“Letlow was admitted into a Monroe hospital on December 19 after testing positive for the coronavirus and was transferred to Ochsner-LSU Health on Tuesday, December 22, and placed in intensive care. Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, Phd., and two young children.
“The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time. A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.”
The Republican was set to take over Louisiana’s 5th District U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham.
He leaves behind a wife and two children. Letlow was 41 years old.
Further statements on the passing of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow:
In a series of tweets, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said:
“Congressman-elect Letlow felt a calling from a young age to serve the people of his home state, working behind the scenes for former Governor Bobby Jindal and serving as chief of staff to Congressman Ralph Abraham, who he was recently elected to succeed.
“COVID-19 has taken Congressman-elect Letlow from us far too soon. 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.
“I hope all of the people of Louisiana will join Donna and me in praying for Congressman-elect Letlow’s family, especially his wife Julia and their two children, his many friends, and the people of the 5th Congressional District.
“Louisiana has lost more than 7,300 people to COVID-19 since March, and each one of them leaves a tremendous hole in our state.
“I have ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Congressman-elect Letlow’s funeral.”
LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack released the following statement on the passing of Congressman-Elect Luke Letlow:
“Tonight, Louisiana lost a great man. A promising public servant, a loving husband and father, a Louisianan through and through. I want to extend my deepest condolences to his family and my most sincerest appreciation for having known him and the privilege of calling him a friend. Louisiana needs more men like Luke and I pray that his legacy will serve as a role model for others to follow in his footsteps.”
Laura and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Letlow family. Please keep them all in your prayers during this very difficult time. Luke will be missed dearly across Louisiana, and we all mourn his passing. pic.twitter.com/fwngYNpwWa
— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) December 30, 2020
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
— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) December 30, 2020
Devastated to hear of my friend Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s passing. Luke had such a positive spirit and a tremendously bright future. Join me in praying for his young family during this incredibly difficult time.
Statement from the Louisiana Congressional Delegation: pic.twitter.com/cB5RNd6uew
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) December 30, 2020
Becky and I, along with my team who knew Congressman-elect Luke Letlow well, are heartbroken.
For years, Luke has served LA tirelessly. More than that, Luke was a loving husband and father.
Please join us in praying for the Letlow family during this time of incredible loss.
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) December 30, 2020
Our hearts are heavy for the loss of Congressman-Elect Luke Letlow, a man who dedicated his short life to the betterment of our state and nation. Our prayers are with his wife Julia, their children, and their families, and as a state, we mourn his passing.
— La. Sec. of State (@Louisiana_sos) December 30, 2020
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