Who is Julia Letlow? Age and bio of Louisiana Congresswoman

Iram Sharifah Khan March 22, 2021
Who is Julia Letlow? Age and bio of Louisiana Congresswoman

Julia Letlow age and bio: Who is the newly appointed Louisiana Congresswoman? Voters are curious about her life and career, after she won the special election in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional district.

A Republican, Letlow won with a 62 percent majority, and is stepping in to fill the seat of her late husband, Rep. Luke Letlow, who passed away from covid-19 in December 2020.

Who is Julia Letlow? Age and bio

Representative Letlow was born Julia Janelle Barnhill, on 16 March 1981 in Monroe, Louisiana. At the time of writing, Julia Letlow’s age is 40.

She has an older sister named April and had a younger brother, Jeremy. She attended Ouachita Christian High School and later the University of Lousiana at Monroe, from where she graduated with a BA and MA in speech communications.

Following this, she attended the University of South Florida and got her PhD in communications, in 2011. She dedicated her dissertation to her brother Jeremy, who had passed away in an automobile accident. Letlow’s dissertation was titled The Search For Meaning: An Analysis Of The Process Survivors Undertake To Find Meaning After The Loss Of A Loved One.

In 2007, Julia and her sister, April, created a foundation dedicated to the memory of their brother. The Jeremy Barnhill Foundation for Christian Teens is still up and running, with Julia Letlow as its president.

According to its mission statement, “the Jeremy Barnhill Foundation for Christian Teens exists to connect the next generation with God. We do this by sponsoring youth to attend an event that focuses on growing their relationship with Christ, such as a Christian camp or mission trip.”

Julia Letlow’s bio and career includes teaching associate roles at both of the universities she attended. Following this, she has worked in various roles at her Alma Mater, the University of Monroe from 2003 to the present. Between 2011-2013, she worked at Tulane University as director of education and resident patient safety. Her latest role is back at the University of Monroe, as executive assistant to the president for external affairs and community outreach.

Letlow is now embarking on a political career, after becoming a member-elect of the US House of Representatives from Louisiana’s 5th district. The appointment comes after her husband Luke won last year’s election, but passed away in December after being diagnosed with Covid-19. So, Julia Letlow is stepping in to fill her late husband’s seat.

Who was Julia’s husband, Luke Letlow?

Julia Letlow and her future husband, Luke, met in high school and got married on 27 April 2013. They have two children together: son, Jeremiah, born in 2017 and daughter, Jaqueline born in 2020.

The late congressman Luke Letlow was born on 6 December 1979 in Monroe, Louisiana, to Johnny and Dianne Letlow. Between Letlow and his wife, Julia, the age difference was barely two years. He has two brothers, Paul and Matt.

Just like his wife Julia, Luke Letlow attended Ouachita Christian High school. He later graduated from Louisiana Tech University, with a BSc in computer information systems.

While still in university, Letlow worked as an intern form Rep. John Cooksey, who represented Louisiana’s 5th congressional district in the early 2000s. Letlow also worked for former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and as Rep. Ralph Abraham’s chief of staff during the latter’s tenure in Washington.

In early 2020, Luke Letlow announced his own candidacy for a seat in Congress, with the endorsement of Rep. Abraham.

Sadly, the Louisiana Congressman-elect never made it into office, as he passed away after being hospitalised with covid-19 in December 2020. He was admitted to ICU, but passed away on 29 December following a cardiac event.

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Iram is a London-based freelance journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules, including Journalism in British Life, Interview skills and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram went from university to work with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy and enjoys learning Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.