Luke Letlow, former Abraham Chief of Staff, announces run for congress

Luke Letlow, former chief of staff for Rep. Ralph Abraham, announced his campaign for the Fifth...
Luke Letlow, former chief of staff for Rep. Ralph Abraham, announced his campaign for the Fifth Congressional District seat on Monday. Source: (KNOE)(KNOE)
Published: Mar. 9, 2020 at 9:37 PM CDT
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Luke Letlow, former Chief of Staff for Rep. Ralph Abraham, announced his campaign for Louisiana's Fifth Congressional District on Monday.

Abraham, the incumbent, has stated he will not be running for reelection. According to a press release from Letlow's team, Abraham has endorsed Letlow for the position.

"Luke Letlow knows the 5th Congressional District better than anyone, and more importantly, he truly cares about the people of this district - he's been by my side since day one - he's been a key leader on agricultural policy, he supports our veterans, our 2nd Amendment rights, and he'll always fight for an active military," said Congressman Ralph Abraham. "Luke knows how to get the job done, and he has my full endorsement and support."

Letlow said he's a lifelong Republican. He said he's pro-life and wants to protect the second-amendment.

"And so I want to support the president just as Congressman Abraham has done and see our district move forward."

Letlow stepped down from his position this past Friday to run for Congress, but he said he served as Abraham's Chief of Staff since day one. He said he's proud to have worked alongside Abraham.

"I'm running because I believe this district needs to continue a lot of the great success we've seen under Congressman Abraham," he said.

Letlow said he already has both the experience and connections in Washington to put to use if elected.

He said he's lived everywhere from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, but as a Start native, he said the Fifth Congressional District is his home.

"So I've been to almost all the parts of the state. So I've got a unique perspective. I know what each of those other areas contribute, but this is home for me. And it all began in a place called Start," he said.

Several others have announced bids for the seat as well, including Police Juror Scotty Robinson of Ouachita parish, Candy Christophe and Rep. Lance Harris of Alexandria, and Brody Pierottie from St. Landry parish.