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Republican Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow tests positive for COVID-19

Greg Hilburn
Monroe News-Star
Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, R-Start, his wife Julia and their two children Jeremiah, 3, and Jacqueline, 11 months, are pictured outside their Richland Parish home on Monday, December 7, 2020.

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantining at home, a spokesman confirmed to USA Today Network Friday.

Letlow, a Republican from Start in Richland Parish who will represent the state's 5th Congressional District when he takes office next month, has experienced symptoms but hasn't required hospitalization.

"Congressman-elect Luke Letlow (LA-05) has tested positive for COVID-19," Letlow's spokesman Andrew Bautsch said. "He is at home resting, following all (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines, quarantine protocols and the recommendations of his doctor."

Bautsch said Letlow has informed all of those with whom he had close contact.

Letlow, 40, won the seat with 62% of the vote Dec. 5 in a runoff election against fellow Republican state Rep. Lance Harris of Alexandria.

He will succeed his former boss Congressman Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, who didn't seek reelection after honoring a pledge to serve a limit of three terms.

Letlow had been Abraham's chief of staff.

Louisiana's 5th District is the largest geographically in the state covering 24 parishes. Alexandria and Monroe are the population hubs, but the boundaries dip into Acadiana to take in Opelousas and into the Florida parishes to take in Bogalusa.

Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.