Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow hospitalized with COVID-19

Newspaper reports he’s been admitted to hospital

By: - December 18, 2020 12:20 pm
Luke Letlow with his wife Julia and

Luke Letlow poses with his wife Julia and one of his children. (Photo from the Letlow campaign)

This story has been updated with news of Luke Letlow’s hospitalization.


Congressman-elect Luke Letlow announced over Twitter Friday that he has contracted COVID-19.

Letlow, 40, said then he was at his home in Start, La., and following quarantine guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control. He has been elected to represent Louisiana’s 5th district — which encompasses Monroe, Alexandria, Ruston and parts of the Florida parishes.

According to a report from the website of the News Star in Monroe, Letlow was admitted to o St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe Saturday. Andrew Bautsch, a spokesman for Letlow, told the newspaper, “As a precaution and under the recommendation of his doctors, Congressman-Elect Luke Letlow is being admitted to the hospital (Saturday) for monitoring as he is treated for COVID-19.”  According to that report, Bautsch has also tested positive for COVID-19.

Letlow was elected Dec. 5 to replace Rep. Ralph Abraham who’s retiring.  His term is set to begin in January. 

Congressman Cedric Richmond, of New Orleans, and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser also announced this week that they have COVID-19. Both are experiencing symptoms.

Congressman Mike Johnson, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, Attorney General Jeff Landry, State Treasurer John Schroder and a number of state lawmakers have also had COVID-19 over the past several months and recovered.  One Louisiana elected official, state Rep. Reggie Bagala, died from the virus in April.

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Julie O'Donoghue
Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O’Donoghue is a senior reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator and producer of the Louisiana Illuminator podcast. She’s received awards from the Virginia Press Association and Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press. Julie covered state government and politics for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune for six years. She’s also covered government and politics in Missouri, Virginia and Washington D.C. Julie is a proud D.C. native and Washington Capitals hockey fan. She and her partner, Jed, live in Baton Rouge. She has two stepchildren, Quinn and Steven.