UPDATE: (3:15 PM) — Michael Echols, State Representative District 14 saying:
“Not only the servant’s heart, but he had kindness just a gentle ear. When talking with people about problems, he was a good listener. Every time I called upon him and asked for some help whether it was the city of the regional issue, he always worked to get it done and that was the good thing about him. He was a team player.”
Foy Gadberry, State Representative District 15 commenting:
“He was an honorable man and led an honorable life in public service for our state and our Nation. He was a true statesman. Committed to making Louisiana better for all of us and for our children and his own children. I would ask that everyone pray for his wife Julia and their two kids Jeremiah and Jacqueline.”
Jay Morris, State Senator District 35 also sharing condolences:
“He wasn’t like a lot of politicians and since I’m one, I’ve been around a lot of politicians, but he wasn’t one to ever try to grab the stage, he was more give the stage to other people. He just loved the idea of being involved in Government and being a part of it and that kind of dedication and modesty is fairly rare these days.”
Jack McFarland, State Representative District 13 also saying:
“Luke was a wonderful public servant. As chief of staff, every single time I called him with a concern or problem with a constituent in District 5 as well as in my district of district 13. He responded immediately. People like Luke are born with the hearts of servants and he was fulfilling his dream. He was fulfilling what his true desire was in life and it was to serve the public and I’m so proud to be able to call Luke Letlow my friend.”
UPDATE: (11:11 AM) — Representative Lance Harris, who ran against Luke Letlow in the 2020 race for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, has given KTVE/KARD a statement on the passing of Letlow:
“Leetha and I were heartbroken to hear of the passing of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow. Luke represented everything that is good about our country and our state and would have been an incredible congressman. His passion for public service was only surpassed by his love for his family. Every time I spoke with Luke, he immediately talked about his two children. He loved them and his wife with all of his heart. Luke was a fine man, a fine husband, and a fine father. He knew what was most important in life and will be greatly missed. Please pray for his wife and two young children and take some time today to tell your friends and family how much you love them. To talk about politics right now would be the most inappropriate thing I could ever imagine. It’s time for our state to mourn this loss. It’s time to pray for his wife and his two young children. It’s not a time for politics.“
UPDATE: (9:55 AM) — Condolences from elected officials around Louisiana continue to pour in on Wednesday morning.
House Speaker Clay Schexnayder:
“We were heartbroken to hear of the passing of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow. Luke served as Congressman Abraham’s Chief of Staff before running and winning the election to represent Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District. He died on Tuesday after battling COVID-19, leaving behind his wife Julia and two very young children. As I sit here this morning thinking about the friend we lost way too soon, I am reminded of how we should take advantage of the time we have with the ones we love. It makes me think about what’s important in life. It’s so easy to say; I’ll be right back, hold on I’m busy, or even give daddy a minute. I’ll read you a book later. This pandemic is real and it’s taken too many of our loved ones. Too many husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons. Luke lived his life fully and loved his family and friends with all of his heart. Pray for his family today and hold yours close. We do not know how much time we are given and should take advantage of every second we have.”
LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow from the rural community of Start, La. I worked with him on agricultural issues when he served under former Governor Bobby Jindal and as chief of staff for Congressman Ralph Abraham whom he was to succeed. I know that as a U.S. Representative for the 5th Congressional District, he would have served the people of Louisiana and our agricultural communities extremely well. Please pray for the Letlow family, especially his wife and two young children. Also, please pray for everyone suffering from this virus and the many families who have lost loved ones as a result.”
UPDATE 9:44PM — Louisiana’s elected officials now posting statements on the Congressman-Elect’s passing.
Jeff Landry (Attorney General Jeff Landry):
“Luke Letlow led an honorable life in public service to our State and our Nation. Luke was a true statesman committed to making Louisiana better. Luke’s death is a great tragedy, and Sharon’s and my prayers are with Julia and the kids.”
Stewart Cathey, Jr. (LA State Senate District 33):
“Tonight, Louisiana lost a true public servant, who truly loved Louisiana and her people. I have known Julia and Luke for many years, and my heart breaks for Julia, the kids, their families, friends, and our community. We are going to miss him immensely.”
Congressman Mike Johnson (4th Congressional District) [statement on behalf of entire Louisiana Congressional delegation]:
“We are devastated to hear of Luke Letlow’s passing. Luke had such a positive spirit, and he had a tremendously bright future ahead of him.
He was looking forward to serving the people of Louisiana in Congress, and we were excited to welcome him to our delegation where he was ready to make an even greater impact on our state and our nation.
“More than anything, Luke was a loving husband, father, brother, and son, and his family, like so many others who have been affected by this evil disease, need our prayers.
“We all join in sending our strongest support to Luke’s wife Julia and their young family, and are keeping them in our prayers.”
WEST MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — According to sources close to the newly elected congressman, Luke Letlow has died from complications related to the Coronavirus, he was 41-years-old.
We are working on getting a statement from the late Congressman’s family and campaign officials.
This is breaking news story and we are working to find out more information. Stay with KTVE and KARD for the latest information on air, online and on social media.
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