11:30 LRN Newscast Dec 30

Louisiana’s newly elected Congressman Luke Letlow has passed away at the age of 41 from COVID-19. Baton Rouge radio personality Michelle Southern graduated from high school with Letlow in 1998 from at Ouachita Christian in Monroe. Southern says Letlow was an excellent debater and made quite an impression in high school on her and their close-knit graduating class of 53.

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Letlow spent most of his adult life in public service. ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says Letlow leaves behind a young family: his wife Dr. Julia Letlow and their two children Jaqueline and Jeremiah.

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Luke Letlow was set to be sworn in next week to replace Ralph Abraham and represent Louisiana’s 5th district, a mostly rural district that covers northeast, central Louisiana, and also St. Landry Parish and parts of the Florida parishes. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says Letlow would have been a great Congressman…

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Letlow was the chief of staff for Abraham and also worked in state government for former Governor Bobby Jindal.

Letlow, who was elected earlier this month, died at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport last night after spending ten days in the hospital. Louisiana’s Congressional delegation is devasted. Senior Senator Bill Cassidy released a video message on Twitter…

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Letlow’s death came on a day when the state surpassed seven-thousand confirmed COVID deaths.