Dr. Julia Letlow just got elected to congress to succeed her late husband, Luke Letlow, in Louisiana.
Letlow is the first Republican woman to be elected as a House Representative in the state.
Luke passed away in December of the coronavirus at the age of 41.
According to a statement obtained by Fox News, Letlow shared that her husband “really wanted to serve the people of this district that we call home and so he was able to do that by running. He was so excited to represent the fifth district."
Letlow says she will advocate strongly for agriculture since her district is close to the Mississippi river.
She also received an endorsement from former president Trump. In a written statement obtained by Fox News, Trump reportedly said, "Julia Letlow is outstanding and so necessary to help save our Second Amendment, at the border, and for our military and vets. Louisiana, get out and vote today—she will never disappoint! Julia has my complete and total endorsement."
Letlow told Fox News that her husband told her she should run for public office when she has the chance. And now she says she has "peace from the Lord" over running for Congress.
Her husband, Luke, died of complications of COVID-19 on December 29, 2020. He was going to be sworn in January 3rd. He and his wife have two kids.
Letlow defeated 11 other contenders for the house seat, The Guardian reports. Upon winning, she said in a statement obtained by The Guardian, "This is an incredible moment, and it is truly hard to put into words. What was born out of the terrible tragedy of losing my husband, Luke, has become my mission in his honor to carry the torch and serve the good people of Louisiana’s fifth district."
She is the third woman to ever be elected to Congress in the state.
Photo courtesy: ©Julia Letlow for Congress Facebook
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