Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, who gained a runoff earlier this month to signify Louisiana’s Baton Rouge space, died Tuesday from issues of COVID-19.
Letlow was set to be sworn in as U.S. consultant for the state’s northeastern fifth congressional district on Jan. 3.
“The household appreciates the quite a few prayers and assist over the previous days however asks for privateness throughout this tough and surprising time,” Andrew Bautsch, Letlow’s spokesman, stated in an announcement annoucing his dying. “A press release from the household together with funeral preparations will probably be introduced at a later time.”
Letlow introduced that he had contracted COVID-19 on Dec. 18 and was hospitalized a day later. He stored his followers up to date of his situation on social media. Days earlier than his dying, he was in intensive care at St. Francis Medical Heart in Monroe, La., and was later transferred to Ochsner-LSU Well being in Shreveport on Dec. 22.
Bautsch shared in an announcement Dec. 23 that Letlow was in steady situation. He was receiving Remdesivir and steroids as a part of his therapy, however Letlow’s situation worsened in current days.
Letlow, who was 41, is survived by his spouse, Julia Barnhill Letlow, and two younger youngsters, based on an announcement from Bautsch shared on Fb.
Highway to workplace
Letlow beforehand served six years because the chief of workers for his predecessor, Rep. Ralph Abraham, based on New Orleans Public Radio. He started his profession in politics working for former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
“Congressman-elect Letlow felt a calling from a younger age to serve the folks of his house state,” the state’s governor, John Bel Edwards, stated in a statement. Edwards ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Letlow’s funeral.
Letlow’s Congressional colleagues shared their condolences on the information of his dying as nicely.
Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy stated, “Our hearts break tonight as we course of the information of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s passing.”
Our hearts break tonight as we course of the information of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s passing.
I spoke along with his spouse, Julia. Judy and I are praying for her and their two younger youngsters throughout this horrible time.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 30, 2020
Congress’s Louisiana delegation, led by Home Minority Whip Steve Scalise, issued a joint assertion.
“Luke had such a constructive spirit, and a tremendously brilliant future forward of him. He was wanting ahead to serving the folks of Louisiana in Congress, and we had been excited to welcome him to our delegation the place he was able to make an excellent larger affect on our state and our Nation,” the assertion stated.
There have been greater than 304,000 confirmed coronavirus infections in Louisiana for the reason that pandemic started. Virtually 7,400 folks in Louisiana have died from COVID-19, based on the state health agency.
When congressional seats in Louisiana turn out to be vacant, the governor can name a particular election at any time.