Julia Letlow won the special election for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district this past Saturday. Julia takes the spot that her recently-deceased husband congressman-elect Luke Letlow, unfortunately, passed away after winning the congressional seat this past year.
This is significant because of the fact that Julia Letlow is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana. We note from her campaign website that she is “100% pro-life,” opposes minimum wage increases, “is a staunch defender of our constitutional right to bear arms,” and “will always fight to ensure we have secure and safe elections.”
After winning the election to congress, Luke Letlow was diagnosed with coronavirus. On December 18th, he posted on his Facebook page that he was “at home resting, following all CDC guidelines, quarantine protocols, and the recommendations of my doctors,” according to CNN.
Following a stint in the Intensive Care Unit, a spokesperson for Letlow made an announcement on the young congressman-elects Facebook page confirming his passing.
“Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, passed away this evening at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to complications from COVID-19,” the announcement read. Letlow’s family, the spokesperson continued, “appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time.”
After Letlow’s passing, the governor announced that there would be a follow-up special election to fill the vacancy. Julia Letlow entered the race for her late husband’s seat in mid-January with a campaign already set up, and the ability to raise enough money to fun her complete run. A runoff election will not be taking place as Letlow garnered a solid majority of the vote at 65%. Of the twelve republican nominees that entered the race for the seat, Letlow was the one to pull ahead and cement her spot.
In a quote from her campaign website, alongside a tribute to her late husband, she stated, “My motivation is the passion Luke and I both shared: [T]o better this region that we called home and to leave it a better place for our children and future generations.”
CNN stated: “In an interview before the election, Letlow told CNN she would have joined the majority of the House Republican Conference in objecting to the certification of the presidential election on January 6, and she supports her state party’s decision to censure GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy for his vote to convict Trump in his impeachment trial earlier this year.”
In her ad, Letlow made a reference to her late husband, saying, “While losing Luke has been devastating, I know that two things can be true at the same time,” she said. “A person can be full of grief while still having hope for the future.”
She continued, “We all have to walk through seasons of darkness, but I know that it is only through those experiences, that we can recognize and fully appreciate the light. I look at Washington and see the division, the ugliness, and the darkness. But I know that there is hope. People are hungry for goodness, for healing, for opportunity.”
“I’ll continue the mission we shared to represent all people, working with anyone who can help deliver real results.”