3:30 LRN Newscast Dec 30

Louisiana’s newly elected Congressman Luke Letlow has passed away at the age of 41 from COVID-19. He was set to be sworn in Sunday to replace his former boss Ralph Abraham. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says he’s known Letlow for 20 years…

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Baton Rouge Radio Personality Michelle Southern graduated from Ouachita Christian in Monroe with Letlow in 1998. Southern says Letlow was an excellent debater and made quite an impression in high school on her and the other 51 people in their close-knit graduating class.

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News of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s passing from COVID at such a young age has sent shockwaves across the state and nation. ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says his death is a stark reminder of the reality of the pandemic.

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Letlow reportedly had no pre-existing health conditions.

Letlow leaves behind his wife Dr. Julia Letlow and their two children Jaqueline and Jeremiah.

Accolades and condolences have rolled in from across the political spectrum since news of Letlow’s passing last night, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Governor John Bel Edwards, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, and more.

Governor Edwards has confirmed that a special election to fill Letlow’s seat will be held sometime in March, it’s also the expected date to fill the congressional seat of Cedric Richmond who’s leaving to work in the Biden White House.