Just a few days before he was set to be sworn into office, Louisiana Representative-Elect Luke Letlow died from COVID-19 complications.
On Saturday night, his widow, Julia Letlow won the race her former husband did.
She will soon serve as the congresswoman for the 5th district of Louisiana, and it’s a very heartfelt moment.
According to Letlow, this victory was “born out of the terrible tragedy” of losing her husband.
Aside from that, it’s a huge victory for GOP women—not only does she add to the names of GOP women in Congress, but it also helps shrink the lead that the Democrats have.
On February 8, Republican Representative Claudia Tenney of the 22nd District of New York won her race by unseating Representative Anthony Brindisi, who had beaten her in 2018.
Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard pointed out that with Representative Letlow’s win, there are now 31 GOP women serving in Congress.