Soon after GOP Rep Elect Louisiana Luke Letlow (LA) passed away from coronavirus, his widow, Julia Letlow decided to run for his seat herself. And Saturday night, she won her race to be the congresswoman for Louisiana’s 5th district.
It’s not only an emotional accomplishment because she is replacing her husband, especially with her press release saying “What started from the tragedy of losing Luke, has turned into my mission to carry the torch in his honor and serve the citizens of Louisiana.” Rep. Elect Letlow, though, has also helped to shrink the Democratic House and adds another Republican woman in Congress.
The other recent GOP woman to enter the House is Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York, who finally won her race on February 8th. It was an especially news-worthy win not just because it took so long to certify the win, but because Rep. Tenney defeated one-term Rep. Anthony Brindisi, who defeated Tenney back in 2018 during the so called “Blue Wave.”
Paul Bedard, a journalist with the Washington Examiner, highlighted this morning that her election now means there are 31 GOP women.