Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has died after contracting COVID-19 last week, according to his campaign manager Andrew Bautsch.
Letlow, who just turned 41, was getting treatment in the intensive care unit in Shreveport, according to an announcement on his Twitter page last week.
Letlow had been receiving treatment at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, but was transferred to Ochsner LSU Health on Dec. 23.
He recently won the 5th District seat representing Northeast and Central Louisiana.
Letlow secured the seat with 62 percent of the vote and would have been Rep. Ralph Abraham’s successor.
He was slated to be sworn in as a congressman in January.
The following statement was issued by Bautsch:
“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.”
From Not A News Network: Are Thoughts and Prayers are with Letlow’s friends and family this evening. May he rest in peace. May we honor Letlow by honoring truth, values, and integrity as our Political Party undergoes it’s biggest ever transformation.