Luke Letlow, a Republican who was elected to the House of Representatives this month to signify Louisiana’s fifth Congressional district, has died of problems from Covid-19, a congressman from the state stated. He was 41.
Mr. Letlow was set to take workplace on Sunday. His loss of life was confirmed by a number of politicians, together with Representative Garret Graves, who stated in a Facebook publish that the loss of life of his pal and “former co-worker” was “a huge loss to Louisiana and America.”
Mr. Letlow stated on Dec. 18 that he was isolating at residence after testing constructive for the coronavirus. He was later hospitalized in Monroe, La., earlier than being transferred to the Shreveport Academic Medical Center, Andrew Bautsch, the manager director of the state Republican Party, said on Dec. 23. Mr. Letlow had been receiving the antiviral drug remdesivir and steroids to deal with his an infection, Mr. Bautsch stated.
Mr. Letlow, in a runoff earlier this month in opposition to one other Republican, had been elected to succeed Representative Ralph Abraham, whom Mr. Letlow had served as chief of employees.
Mr. Letlow is survived by his spouse, Julia, and their two kids.
Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana stated on Tuesday night that Covid-19 had “taken Congressman-elect Letlow from us far too soon.” Mr. Edwards, a Democrat, stated he had ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Mr. Letlow’s funeral.
“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,” Mr. Edwards stated.
Kevin McCarthy, the House minority chief, stated, “Our hearts break tonight as we process the news of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s passing. I spoke with his wife, Julia. Judy and I are praying for her and their two young children during this terrible time.”
Representative Mike Johnson, a Republican who represents the state’s fourth Congressional district, issued a press release on behalf of the state’s six-member Congressional delegation: “We are devastated to hear of Luke Letlow’s passing. Luke had such a positive spirit, and he had 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.”
Bobby Jindal, the previous governor of Louisiana whom Mr. Letlow had beforehand labored for when Mr. Jindal was a Congressional candidate, consultant and governor, stated the congressman-elect “had talked in recent days about his excitement about the opportunity to serve” his district.
“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,” Mr. Jindal stated. “His passion for service has been a constant throughout his life.”
According to Ballotopedia, Mr. Letlow is the primary elected federal official to die from Covid; the primary member of the federal authorities was a choose.
Other elected officers to die from Covid embody a number of state legislators: a Republican state senator from Minnesota, New Hampshire’s new Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, and in North Dakota, David Dean Andahl, a Republican referred to as “Dakota Dave,” who was elected posthumously to the state House of Representatives after dying from the virus.