Luke Letlow Wiki – Luke Letlow Biography
Luke Joshua Letlow was an American politician and Congressman-Elect, has died from the coronavirus. He was born on 6 December 1979 in Monroe, Louisiana, USA.
Letlow was raised in the rural unincorporated community of Start, west of Monroe, and was the youngest son of Dianne and Johnny Letlow. He graduated from Ouachita Christian High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from Louisiana Tech University in 2003.
As a student at Louisiana Tech, Letlow was an intern for John Cooksey in 2000 when Cooksey represented Louisiana’s 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. He served as chairman of the Louisiana Tech College Republicans in 2001 and of the Louisiana Federation of College Republicans in 2002.
Luke Letlow has died at the age of 41.
Letlow worked for Bobby Jindal during Jindal’s tenure in the United States House of Representatives for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district as his congressional district director from 2005 to 2008, and during Jindal’s first term as governor of Louisiana as director of intergovernmental affairs from 2008 to 2010.
He then worked as director of government and community affairs for QEP Resources, an energy company based in Denver. Letlow returned to Louisiana in 2014 when he served as campaign manager for Ralph Abraham during his election for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district. He served as Abraham’s chief of staff during his three-term tenure.
Following Abraham’s decision not to seek reelection in the 2020 elections, Letlow announced his candidacy on March 9, 2020; Abraham publicly endorsed him concurrent with Letlow’s announcement.
In the nonpartisan blanket primary on November 3, Letlow finished in first place with 33% of the vote, while State Representative Lance Harris, a fellow Republican, finished in second place with 17%. In the runoff election on December 5, Letlow was elected to Congress, receiving 62% of the vote.
Luke Letlow Wife (Julia Barnhill Letlow)
Letlow lived in Start, Louisiana, with his wife Julia Barnhill. The couple has two young children, and both of Letlows plastered their social media accounts with pictures of their young family.
Posstive For COVID-19
Letlow announced his diagnosis on December 18, tweeting, Thank you to everyone for your kind words and prayers. I have tested positive for COVID-19. I’m at home resting, following all CDC guidelines, quarantine protocols, and the recommendations of my doctors.
If we’re going to bring jobs and opportunity to #LA05, we need a congressman focused on solutions, not soundbites. I know what it takes to bring home results and I’ll never stop fighting to move this district forward.
— Luke Letlow (@LukeLetlow) November 28, 2020
Andrew Bautsch, a representative for Letlow, confirmed Letlow’s death to WDSU-TV. He told the television station that the Congressman-elect died on December 29 at the hospital and that the cause of death was 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, the statement to WDSU read.
Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, Phd., and two young children. The governor added, I have ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Congressman-elect Letlow’s funeral.
— Luke Letlow (@LukeLetlow) December 23, 2020