Luke Letlow has been elected to the District 5 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In a runoff, Letlow bested Lance Harris.
With all but four precincts reporting, Letlow has 48,935 votes, or 62 percent of the vote.
Harris so far has 30,051 votes, or 38 percent.
Letlow released the following statement:
“I want to offer a sincere thank you to my supporters and the voters from every corner of the 5th District who came out and voted in this election. I also want to thank retiring Congressman Ralph Abraham, for his trust in me to continue serving this district, and Congressman Garret Graves who I view as a mentor and friend. I look forward to working with all of Louisiana’s Congressional Delegation as we work together on behalf of all Louisianians. I ran for Congress because I know firsthand what our needs are, and because I will serve this district to get real results for our constituents. I’m ready to get to work, and I am focused on bringing jobs, investment and opportunity to our district. Each and every person across our rural landscape, whether it's Bastrop, Bunkie, Bogalusa, or all the places in between, has my word that I will never stop fighting to move Louisiana’s 5th District forward.”
According to a bio sent out by his campaign:
Letlow is a ninth generation Louisianian from Start, Louisiana who has dedicated his life to public service and worked to protect rural Louisiana’s way of life.
A lifelong Republican, Luke has worked alongside Congressman Ralph Abraham to make sure Washington listens to real people and has Abraham’s endorsement. Luke has served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Abraham throughout Abraham’s time in Congress.
Luke attended Ouachita Christian High School and received a B.S. from Louisiana Tech University in 2003. Luke and his wife, Dr. Julia Barnhill Letlow, are raising their two young children in Start, and they worship at Covenant Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Monroe.