Louisiana sends Julia Letlow to Congress after husband dies from COVID

Julia Letlow

Republican Julia Letlow won Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District election Saturday in a landslide less than three months after her late husband Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died from COVID complications before he could take office.

“This is an incredible moment and it is truly hard to put into words,” Letlow said. “What was born out of the terrible tragedy of losing my husband, Luke, has become my mission in his honor to carry the torch and serve the good people of Louisiana’s 5th District.”

Letlow, who lives in rural Richland Parish in northeastern Louisiana, will become the first woman to represent Louisiana in Congress in more than six years.

She will also be the first Republican woman to ever represent Louisiana in Congress.

Letlow won the election with 65%, avoiding a runoff against Democrat Sandra “Candy” Christophe of Alexandria, who finished second with 27%.

Source: USA Today – Breaking News

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