This should not have happened.
Congrssman-elect Luke Letlow has recently passed away from the coronavirus just five days before he was to be sworn into office.
Letlow had won the runoff election in Louisiana against Lance Harris.
The last House race of 2020 was settled last night in north Louisiana. Luke Letlow, who worked for Rep. Ralph Abraham, beat state Rep. Lance Harris in this two-R runoff. Harris won his home Rapides parish and a few other precincts, but Letlow carried much of the district. #LA05 pic.twitter.com/zrg9L0Bg4e
— J. Miles Coleman (@JMilesColeman) December 6, 2020
Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement on Letlow’s death:
It is with heavy hearts that Donna and I offer our condolences to Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s family on his passing after a battle with COVID-19. Congressman-elect Letlow felt a calling from a young age to serve the people of his home state, working behind the scenes for former Governor Bobby Jindal and serving as chief of staff to Congressman Ralph Abraham, who he was recently elected to succeed. COVID-19 has taken Congressman-elect Letlow from us far too soon. I am heartbroken that he will not be able to serve our people as a U.S. Representative, but I am even more devastated for his loving family. I hope all of the people of Louisiana will join Donna and me in praying for Congressman-elect Letlow’s family, especially his wife Julia and their two children, his many friends, and the people of the 5th Congressional District. Louisiana has lost more than 7,300 people to COVID-19 since March, and each one of them leaves a tremendous hole in our state. I have ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Congressman-elect Letlow’s funeral.
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