Newly elected Republican congressman from Louisiana Luke Letlow has died of covid-19 on Tuesday at a hospital in Shreveport, state officials said Tuesday night.
The 41-year-old congressman-elect won a runoff earlier this month to represent the state’s 5th Congressional District, succeeding his former boss, Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), who didn’t run again after three terms in Congress.
As noted by The News-Star, Letlow is the highest-ranking U.S. politician to die of covid-19, which has now killed more than 337,000 Americans.
According to the publication, “Letlow announced that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Dec. 18, the Monroe News-Star reported, and initially quarantined at his home in Richland Parish in northeastern Louisiana. By the next day, he was admitted to the hospital with worsening symptoms and later transferred to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport.”
He’s survived by two young children and his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow.