La. Rep.-elect Letlow says late husband’s COVID-19 death will inform her work

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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021 file photo, Julia Letlow, widow of Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, speaks to members of the press at the Louisiana State Archives after signing up to run for the 5th District seat in Baton Rouge, La. Louisiana voters are casting ballots for two vacant U.S. House seats in special elections. Saturday, March 20 primary elections aren’t expected to shake up the parties’ balance of power but could add a woman to the state’s all-male congressional delegation. Letlow is vying for the northeast Louisiana-based seat her husband Luke Letlow won in December but couldn’t fill because of his death from COVID-19 complications. (AP Photo/Brett Duke, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021 file photo, Julia Letlow, widow of Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, speaks to members of the press at the Louisiana State Archives after signing up to run for the 5th District seat in Baton Rouge, La.  Louisiana voters are casting ballots for two vacant U.S. House seats in special elections. Saturday, March 20 primary elections aren’t expected to shake up the parties’ balance of power but could add a woman to the state’s all-male congressional delegation.  Letlow is vying for the northeast Louisiana-based seat her husband Luke Letlow won in December but couldn’t fill because of his death from COVID-19 complications. (AP Photo/Brett Duke, File)

FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2021 file photo, Julia Letlow, widow of Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, speaks to members of the press at the Louisiana State Archives after signing up to run for the 5th District seat in Baton Rouge, La. AP Photo/Brett Duke, File)

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Louisiana Representative-elect Julia Letlow said she will carry the legacy of her late husband with her to the capitol. During an interview Sunday, she vowed to use her husband’s death from coronavirus to inform her COVID-19 and health policies.

Earlier this month, Letlow was declared the winner of the special election of the congressional seat left by her late husband Luke who died just weeks after he was elected.

Letlow went on to promote coronavirus vaccines and urged Americans to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.

“I just want to take a second to acknowledge all of the Americans out there who have lost loved ones to COVID,” she stated. “I want to say that I see you, I hear you.”

The representative-elect went on to note that she is a huge proponent of the vaccine. She cited its lifesaving capabilities and encouraged anybody out there who’s eligible to go ahead and get it.

In the meantime, Letlow vowed to work in a bipartisan matter to bolster broadband access and the education system in her home district.

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