Julia LetlowJulia Letlow – LA5

Current Position: US Senator for LA District 5 since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Academic administrator from 2011 – 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congresswoman Julia Letlow (LA-05) today was joined by Minority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Congressman Garret Graves (LA-06), Congressman Clay Higgins (LA-03), and Congressman Troy Carter (LA-02) in sending a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asking them to speed up the completion of Operation Blue Roof. In the wake of Hurricane Ida, more than 62,000 Louisiana households have applied for assistance under the program, but only 3,743 installations have been completed to date.

The bipartisan group noted that while the Corps is dedicating additional resources to the program, even the advanced completion rate will not meet the pressing need in Southeast Louisiana. “While we appreciate the accelerated speed under this ramp up, at that rate it would take approximately 98 days to complete installation for every applicant under the Blue Roof program,” the letter states. “This timeframe is unacceptable and will lead to additional damage to homes while people’s roofs remain exposed to the elements.”

The letter also included a request for the Corps to provide regular updates on the status of the program to Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation, including regular reports of the number of households served on a parish-by-parish basis.

To read a copy of the full letter, click HERE.

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Current Position: US Senator for LA District 5 since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Academic administrator from 2011 – 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congresswoman Julia Letlow (LA-05) today was joined by Minority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Congressman Garret Graves (LA-06), Congressman Clay Higgins (LA-03), and Congressman Troy Carter (LA-02) in sending a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asking them to speed up the completion of Operation Blue Roof. In the wake of Hurricane Ida, more than 62,000 Louisiana households have applied for assistance under the program, but only 3,743 installations have been completed to date.

The bipartisan group noted that while the Corps is dedicating additional resources to the program, even the advanced completion rate will not meet the pressing need in Southeast Louisiana. “While we appreciate the accelerated speed under this ramp up, at that rate it would take approximately 98 days to complete installation for every applicant under the Blue Roof program,” the letter states. “This timeframe is unacceptable and will lead to additional damage to homes while people’s roofs remain exposed to the elements.”

The letter also included a request for the Corps to provide regular updates on the status of the program to Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation, including regular reports of the number of households served on a parish-by-parish basis.

To read a copy of the full letter, click HERE.

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Congresswoman Julia Letlow represents Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the state’s first Republican woman elected to Congress.

Julia took office in April 2021 after receiving 65 percent of the vote in a special election to win the seat previously won by her husband Luke, who passed away from complications of COVID-19 just days before taking office. She is the first woman to represent Louisiana in the House of Representatives in 30 years.

Julia serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education and Labor.

A native of Monroe, Julia is a mother and professional in education who has dedicated her life to promote and advocate for higher education in Louisiana.

Julia graduated from the University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM), with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in speech communication. After completing her doctorate in communication from the University of South Florida, she returned to ULM as the ombudsperson and special projects coordinator for the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, where she contributed to the development of the university’s strategic plan.

Julia served as the executive director of external affairs and strategic communications at ULM from 2018 to 2019 and prior served as the director of marketing and communications for the university. She previously served at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans as the director of education, director of resident patient safety and quality improvement, and a clinical instructor of anesthesiology. She has also served as an instructor and teaching associate at ULM, Tulane University, and the University of South Florida.

Julia is raising her two young children in Start, Louisiana, and they worship at Covenant Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Monroe.

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Julia Janelle Letlow (née Barnhill; born March 16, 1981) is an American politician and academic administrator serving as the U.S. representative for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district since 2021.[4] Letlow is the first Republican woman to represent Louisiana in Congress.[5]

Early life and education

Letlow was born Julia Janelle Barnhill on March 16, 1981, in Monroe, Louisiana. She graduated from Ouachita Christian High School.[6] She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in speech communications from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in communications from the University of South Florida in 2012. Her doctoral advisor was Jane Jorgenson. Barnhill’s dissertation in 2011 was titled Giving Meaning to Grief: the Role of Rituals and Stories in Coping with Sudden Family Loss.[7] She dedicated it to her brother, Jeremy, who died in an automobile collision.[8]

Early career

She worked as director of education and patient safety for Tulane University School of Medicine.[9] In 2018, she was named director of external affairs and strategic communications for the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM).[10] In 2020, she was a finalist for the presidency of ULM.[11]

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Election

Letlow’s husband, Luke Letlow, was elected to the United States House of Representatives for Louisiana’s 5th congressional district in the 2020 elections, but died of complications from COVID-19 infection in December 2020, prior to taking office.[12] Julia decided to run in the special election for the vacant seat in January 2021.[13] During her campaign, Letlow secured a number of high-profile endorsements, including one from former President Donald Trump.[14] By the end of February, Letlow had raised $683,000, the highest amount of money raised by any candidate in the race.[15] On March 20, Letlow received over 64% of the vote in the nonpartisan blanket primary, winning the election outright and avoiding the potential run-off.[16][17] She was sworn in on April 14.[8]

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Political positions

Immigration

Letlow released a statement criticizing the Biden administration for “immigration detainees being released” in the state of Louisiana, writing that “I join my fellow members of the Louisiana delegation in demanding a thorough and complete explanation of this situation and urge the Administration to stop these releases immediately”.[19]

Infrastructure

In July 2021, Letlow told KNOE-TV that there’s “Nothing like a pandemic to bring to light how vital rural broadband is to our district”, and said that rural broadband can provide better access to quality healthcare and education. KNOE wrote that Letlow still did not commit to supporting the infrastructure plan proposed by Joe Biden, with Letlow arguing that “You know, it’s the political football… I really want to make sure that that infrastructure bill addresses true infrastructure needs. Roads, bridges, ports, rural broadband. Cut the other part out.”[20]

2020 presidential election

Letlow said she would have joined the majority of Republican representatives in objecting the results of the 2020 presidential election in Congress, had she been in office at the time.[15]

Personal life

She met Luke Letlow in high school and they married in 2013.[21][9] She has two children with her late husband.[22] Letlow addressed vaccine hesitancy among Republicans and encouraged them to get the COVID-19 vaccine, invoking her husband’s death from the virus.[23]

Electoral history

2021 Louisiana’s 5th congressional district special election[16]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Julia Letlow 67,203 64.86
DemocraticSandra “Candy” Christophe28,25527.27
RepublicanChad Conerly5,4975.31
RepublicanRobert Lansden9290.90
RepublicanAllen Guillory4640.45
IndependentJim Davis4020.39
RepublicanSancha Smith3340.32
RepublicanM.V. “Vinny” Mendoza2360.23
IndependentJaycee Magnuson1310.13
RepublicanRichard H. Pannell670.06
RepublicanHorace Melton III620.06
RepublicanErrol Victor Sr.360.03
Total votes103,616 100.00
Republican hold

Notes

  1. ^ Letlow’s husband Luke Letlow was elected to succeed retiring Representative Ralph Abraham, but died on December 29, 2020, of COVID-19, before taking office.[2] A special election was held on March 20, 2021 and was won by Letlow.[3]

References

  1. ^ “Terms of Service for Members of the House of Representatives in the 117th Congress” (PDF). Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  2. ^ Deslatte, Melinda (December 30, 2020). “Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies from COVID-19”. Associated Press. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  3. ^ Seitz-Wald, Alex (March 20, 2021). “Republican Julia Letlow wins special congressional election in Louisiana, NBC News projects”. NBC News. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  4. ^ Seitz-Wald, Alex (March 20, 2021). “Republican Julia Letlow wins special congressional election in Louisiana, NBC News projects”. NBC News. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  5. ^ Adam Levy and Ethan Cohen. “Julia Letlow makes history in Louisiana’s 5th District special election while 2nd District goes to runoff”. CNN. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  6. ^ Bridges, Tyler (March 15, 2021). “Julia Letlow, picking up torch from her late husband, is favored to win congressional race”. The Advocate. Georges Media. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  7. ^ Barnhill, Julia Janelle (2011). Giving Meaning to Grief: the Role of Rituals and Stories in Coping with Sudden Family Loss (Ph.D. thesis). University of South Florida. OCLC 778367257.
  8. ^ a b Fram, Alan (April 14, 2021). “Louisiana congresswoman Julia Letlow takes office, replacing late husband”. The Advocate. Associated Press. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  9. ^ a b “Barnhill – Letlow”. . Monroe, Louisiana. March 24, 2013. p. 44. Retrieved March 21, 2021 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  10. ^ “Letlow named director of external affairs and strategic communications at ULM”. The News-Star. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  11. ^ “Seven candidates in the running for ULM president”. The News-Star. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  12. ^ “Luke Letlow’s family talks about the congressman-elect’s COVID death”. The News-Star. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  13. ^ “Julia Letlow, widow of U.S. Rep-elect Luke Letlow, to run for Congress”. The News-Star. December 30, 2020. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  14. ^ Axelrod, Tal (March 20, 2021). “Trump boosts Julia Letlow ahead of Louisiana special election”. The Hill. Retrieved March 31, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ a b Pathe, Simone (March 19, 2021). “Running to replace husband who died from Covid-19, Julia Letlow hopes to bring her own experience to Congress”. CNN. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  16. ^ a b “U. S. Representative – 5th Congressional District”. Louisiana Secretary of State. March 20, 2021.
  17. ^ “Louisiana Primary Election Results 2021”. New York Times. March 20, 2021.
  18. ^ Johnson, My Sherie (May 11, 2022). “Louisiana Congresswoman Julia Letlow fills seat on United States House Committee on Appropriations”. WGNO. Retrieved May 12, 2022.
  19. ^ Thompkins, Jarmarlon. “Congresswoman Julia Letlow gives statement on ICE releases”. KNOE-TV. Retrieved August 3, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ Englander, Tyler (July 7, 2021). “Rep. Letlow talks rural broadband needs, infrastructure bill, COVID vaccine”. KNOE-TV. Retrieved August 3, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ “Family obituary for Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, who died from COVID complications”. The News-Star. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  22. ^ Sentell, Will. “Luke Letlow’s widow, Julia, files for his U.S. House seat after his death from coronavirus”. The Advocate. Retrieved January 29, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ Main, Alison; Kelly, Caroline (March 28, 2021). ‘Look at my family. Use my story’: Rep.-elect Julia Letlow urges Republicans to get Covid vaccine after husband’s death”. CNN. Retrieved March 29, 2021.

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Ralph AbrahamRalph Abraham

Current Position: US Representative for LA District 5 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 US Senator

This is his first publicly held office after spending most of his life as a practicing physician, veterinarian, business owner, farmer, pilot and veteran.

Dr. Abraham is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, a post he will use to advocate for America’s men and women who serve in our military. He will also prioritize Louisiana’s military instillations, including Fort Polk, Barksdale Air Force Base and the Naval base in Belle Chasse.

Dr. Abraham also serves on the Agriculture Committee. The 5th District is one of the largest row crop districts in the nation, and many of the district’s farmers raise livestock.  Dr. Abraham has spent a lifetime working on his farm, building miles of fences, driving open-cab tractors, herding cattle and breaking wild horses. He understands firsthand the hard work that America’s farmers put in daily.

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Current Position: US Representative for LA District 5 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 US Senator

This is his first publicly held office after spending most of his life as a practicing physician, veterinarian, business owner, farmer, pilot and veteran.

Dr. Abraham is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, a post he will use to advocate for America’s men and women who serve in our military. He will also prioritize Louisiana’s military instillations, including Fort Polk, Barksdale Air Force Base and the Naval base in Belle Chasse.

Dr. Abraham also serves on the Agriculture Committee. The 5th District is one of the largest row crop districts in the nation, and many of the district’s farmers raise livestock.  Dr. Abraham has spent a lifetime working on his farm, building miles of fences, driving open-cab tractors, herding cattle and breaking wild horses. He understands firsthand the hard work that America’s farmers put in daily.

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