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SHREVEPORT, La. (BRPROUD) — Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, chosen weeks ago to represent central and northeastern Louisiana on Capitol Hill, died of COVID-19 complications Tuesday, days before he was to take office. Letlow, 41, was admitted to a Monroe hospital on Dec. 19 after testing positive for the virus. On Dec. 22, doctors transferred him to Ochsner LSU Health’s intensive care unit in Shreveport. “The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult time,” his family said in a statement to the Monroe News-Star. Letlow, a former chief of staff to retiring Rep. Ralph Abraham, won the race to succeed his longtime boss on Dec. 5. The Richland Parish Republican was set to take office this Monday for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District. “There are no words for this loss,” Abraham said in a statement late Tuesday. “There was no one like Luke Letlow, and there was no one who loved this state and its people more. Luke was a part of our family, and we are so incredibly proud of the man he was. Luke leaves behind a legacy of service, a love for his community, and a love and understanding of people of every walk of life that will forever be unmatched.” Letlow is the first member or member-elect of Congress to die of COVID-19. He is survived by his wife and two children. Louisiana’s eight congressional members — Abraham, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, Sen. Bill Cassidy, Rep. […]