The Representative for Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District, Julia Letlow kept her position with another blowout election.
This election was Letlow’s first regular session election. She was first elected in a special election to fill her late husband’s seat after he passed away a few days before he was to be sworn into office from complications with COVID-19.
Letlow’s late husband, Luke Letlow, won the congressional seat in a runoff election in 2020 and was endorsed by his predecessor and old employer Ralph Abraham.
Rep. Julia Letlow garnered around sixty-five percent of the vote in the special election in 2021, and she won nearly seventy percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election.
Now that Letlow has won a regular session election, she has proved her ability to succeed as a politician in a traditional campaign.
In regards to her win, Letlow said, “I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue representing the people of the Fifth District for the next two years. As I’ve said from the beginning, this is not my seat, it belongs to the people, and I’m blessed by the overwhelming support that we received in all 24 parishes.”
Like her husband, she was also endorsed by Abraham as well as former President Donald Trump, former Vice-President Mike Pence, Congressman Steve Scalise and other political figures.
Her victory in the 2021 election made Letlow the first female Republican to serve in Congress from Louisiana.
She is from Monroe and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) before receiving her doctorate from the University of South Florida (USF).
She has worked as the director of external affairs for ULM and the director of education for Tulane as well as other roles within the universities.
Her background in education and strategic communication positions allowed her to quickly prepare for her political career.
In February of 2021, only a couple of months after the passing of her husband, Letlow released her introductory campaign video which mentioned her doctoral degree, her experience with grief and showcased a picture of her husband and former Rep. Abraham.
As a mother of two, she also discussed being a working mom and showed family members helping with her young children.
The Representative for Louisiana’s fifth Congressional District says she stands for traditional conservative and Christian values.
Her webpage reads, “Julia has been a devout Christian her entire life and will always fight for the unborn.”
Considering her background in education, she mentions the importance of teachers and the ability education has to alleviate poverty.
Other issues she stands for are: the protection of Louisiana agriculture, supporting veterans and the armed forces, opposing an increase to minimum wage as well as other issues that can be read HERE.