Luke Letlow, a Republican who was elected to the Home of Representatives this month to characterize Louisiana’s fifth Congressional district, has died of issues from Covid-19, a congressman from the state mentioned. He was 41.

Mr. Letlow was set to take workplace on Sunday. His loss of life was confirmed by a number of politicians, together with Consultant Garret Graves, who said in a Fb put up that the loss of life of his pal and “former co-worker” was “an enormous loss to Louisiana and America.”

Mr. Letlow mentioned on Dec. 18 that he was isolating at house after testing constructive for the coronavirus. He was later hospitalized in Monroe, La., earlier than being transferred to the Shreveport Tutorial Medical Middle, Andrew Bautsch, the chief director of the state Republican Social gathering, said on Dec. 23. Mr. Letlow had been receiving the antiviral drug remdesivir and steroids to deal with his an infection, Mr. Bautsch mentioned.

Mr. Letlow, in a runoff earlier this month towards one other Republican, had been elected to succeed Consultant Ralph Abraham, whom Mr. Letlow had served as chief of workers.

Mr. Letlow is survived by his spouse, Julia, and their two kids.

Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana mentioned on Tuesday night that Covid-19 had “taken Congressman-elect Letlow from us far too quickly.” Mr. Edwards, a Democrat, mentioned he had ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Mr. Letlow’s funeral.

“I’m heartbroken that he won’t be able to serve our folks as a U.S. Consultant, however I’m much more devastated for his loving household,” Mr. Edwards mentioned.

Kevin McCarthy, the Home minority chief, mentioned, “Our hearts break tonight as we course of the information of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s passing. I spoke together with his spouse, Julia. Judy and I are praying for her and their two younger kids throughout this horrible time.”

Consultant Mike Johnson, a Republican who represents the state’s fourth Congressional district, issued an announcement on behalf of the state’s six-member Congressional delegation: “We’re devastated to listen to of Luke Letlow’s passing. Luke had such a constructive spirit, and he had a tremendously vibrant future forward of him. He was trying ahead to serving the folks of Louisiana in Congress, and we had been excited to welcome him to our delegation the place he was able to make a fair better influence on our state and our nation.”

Bobby Jindal, the previous governor of Louisiana whom Mr. Letlow had beforehand labored for when Mr. Jindal was a Congressional candidate, consultant and governor, mentioned the congressman-elect “had talked in latest days about his pleasure concerning the alternative to serve” his district.

“I first met Luke when he was nonetheless a university scholar, and spent numerous hours with him in his truck driving the again roads of Louisiana,” Mr. Jindal mentioned. “His ardour for service has been a relentless all through his life.”

Based on Ballotopedia, Mr. Letlow is the primary elected federal official to die from Covid; the primary member of the federal authorities was a choose.

Different elected officers to die from Covid embody a number of state legislators: a Republican state senator from Minnesota, New Hampshire’s new Republican speaker of the Home of Representatives, and in North Dakota, David Dean Andahl, a Republican often called “Dakota Dave,” who was elected posthumously to the state Home of Representatives after dying from the virus.