Julia Barnhill Letlow Bio, Wiki
Julia Barnhill Letlow is best known for being the wife of congressman-elect Luke Letlow’s who is being reported to have died on December 29th, 2020 from COVID-19. According to Politico, Letlow is the first member of Congress (or Congressperson-elect) to die of COVID-19. He was a Republican who was only days away from being sworn into office.
Julia Barnhill Education
She has a PhD in Communication from the University of South Florida, an MA in Speech Communication and a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she was in the Kappa Delta Sorority and ran track and field.
Julia Barnhill Career
Julia is an “Executive Assistant to the President for External Affairs and Community Outreach at University of Louisiana at Monroe,” according to her LinkedIn page. She describes her job as providing “executive-level strategy, vision, and oversight to enhance external affairs and community outreach for the university. Report directly to the President and serve on his Executive Council and Administrative Staff Council. Represent the university with members of Congress, federal, state, and local government officials, governors, parish presidents, school superintendents, and mayors; including establishing and maintaining relationships with officials at all levels of government and their staff.”
Prior to that, she was Executive Director of External Affairs & Strategic Communications and Director of Marketing and Communications at the same university. She was previously director of education, director of Resident Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, and a clinical instructor at Tulane University in New Orleans.
She was an ombudsperson, special projects coordinator at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, and was a teaching associate at the University of South Florida and the University of Louisiana Monroe.
Julia Barnhill Children
The couple has two young children, and both of Letlows plastered their social media accounts with pictures of their young family.
Julia Barnhill Brother
Jeremy, Julia’s brother, died in a traffic crash as a teenager. On LinkedIn, Julia wrote that she serves as president of the Jeremy Barnhill Foundation for Christian teens. The group’s Instagram page describes it by saying, “The Jeremy Barnhill Foundation exists to connect the next generation with God by sponsoring youth to attend Christian events.”
Luke Letlow Death & Cause
Letlow announced his diagnosis on December 18th, tweeting, “Thank you to everyone for your kind words and prayers. I have tested positive for COVID-19. I’m at home resting, following all CDC guidelines, quarantine protocols, and the recommendations of my doctors.”
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) December 30, 2020
Andrew Bautsch, a representative for Letlow, confirmed Letlow’s death to WDSU-TV. He told the television station that the Congressman-elect died on December 29 at the hospital and that the cause of death was “due to complications from COVID-19.”
“Letlow was admitted into a Monroe Hospital on December 19 after testing positive for the coronavirus and was transferred to Ochsner-LSU Health on Tuesday, December 22, and placed in intensive care,” the statement to WDSU read.
Letlow thanked well-wishers for their prayers and revealed that her husband was in stable condition only two days before he took a turn for the worse and tragically died of COVID-19. “Thank you to everyone for your continued prayers and well wishes,” Julia Barnhill Letlow wrote on Facebook.
On December 21st, Luke Letlow posted this statement to Twitter, “Thank you for the continued outpouring of prayers and support for my family and me. I am currently undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at St. Francis Hospital by a wonderful team of doctors and nurses. I am confident that with their help that I will be on the mend soon.”
He added, “For those who’ve had Covid already, your plasma is ESPECIALLY needed by those who are suffering. I cannot stress this enough. Please consider saving lives by going out and donating at your local blood bank. It may very well be the gift of life that you are giving a family this Christmas.”