Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow died Tuesday at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport from complications of COVID-19.
Spokesperson Andrew Bautsch said, Mr. Letlow died at the Ochsner L.S.U. Health hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana.
On Sunday, Mr. Letlow was scheduled to take office. His death was reported by several political leaders, including Representative Garret Graves of Louisiana, who said in his Facebook post at the death of his friend and “former co-worker” that “a huge loss to Louisiana and America”.
Mr. Letlow, aged 41 also took to his Twitter to address people recovering from COVID-19 to consider donating their plasma. His tweet reads, “Your plasma is ESPECIALLY needed by those who are suffering. I cannot stress this enough. Please consider saving lives by going out and donating at your local blood bank.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated, “Tonight, the United States House of Representatives sadly mourns the passing of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow.”
She further added, “Congressman-elect Letlow was a ninth-generation Louisianan who fought passionately for his point of view and dedicated his life to public service.”
The leader of House minority Kevin McCarthy said, “Our hearts break tonight as we process the news of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s passing.”
Bobby Jindal, the former governor of Louisiana added, “I first met Luke when he was still a college student, and spent countless hours with him in his truck driving the back roads of Louisiana. His passion for service has been a constant throughout his life.”