LA-05: Julia Letlow (R)
Luke Letlow (R)[i]
University of Louisiana-Monroe (Executive Assistant to the President for External Affairs & Community Outreach / Executive Director of External Affairs & Strategic Communications; Director of Marketing & Communications); Tulane University (Director of Education / Director of Resident Patient Safety & Quality Improvement / Clinical Instructor)[ii] [iii]
BA, University of Louisiana-Monroe; MA, University of Louisiana-Monroe; PhD, University of South Florida[iv]
Agriculture, Economy, Education & Workforce Development, Energy, Health, Veterans[v]
ON THE ISSUES
Letlow has said she is “100% pro-life,” vowing to “always fight for the unborn.”[vi] She has an A+ rating from Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, which praised her for opposing using tax dollars to fund abortion and protecting the rights of health care providers who refuse to perform abortions.[vii]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
Letlow has said she would oppose “any increase to the minimum wage.”[viii] She has vowed to secure infrastructure funding for her district and expand internet access, but she did not support either infrastructure bill in Congress in 2021.[ix][x] She has blamed government policies for inflation, noting, “It’s time for us to finally put a stop to this out-of-control government spending and put our economy back on track.” She voted in favor of the $1.5 trillion omnibus and supplemental package in March 2021. [xi]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
Letlow has said she will work to end the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) “which unfairly penalizes retirees' Social Security benefits.” [xii] She also supports expanding rural broadband to improve healthcare options in her district. Letlow, whose husband died after a battle with coronavirus, is a staunch supporter of vaccination.[xiii]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
After detained immigrants were released in her district without warning, Letlow co-sponsored legislation (HR 6592) to require that state leaders be informed of such releases ahead of time.[xiv] She has criticized the H2-A and H-2B visa programs for migrant workers, saying that abuse of the programs hurts Louisiana’s farmers and seasonal businesses.[xv] In April 2022, she co-sponsored the Upholding The Law at Our Border Act (HR 6239) to “give more resources and information to law enforcement and strengthen border security.”[xvi]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
In March 2022, Letlow secured a grant for police body cameras in Alexandria, Louisiana.[xvii]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
Letlow has said she will “fight to ensure we have secure and safe elections.”[xviii]
Letlow has listed “supporting education” among her priorities, noting, “education is a catalyst to elevate the district out of poverty.” [xix] She has also said that parents need a stronger voice in the education of their children, noting, “We saw for the first time in the  Virginia governor’s race that parents are fed up.” [xx] She sponsored a “Parents Bill of Rights” bill that could be among the first measures pursued by a Republican House in 2023.[xxi]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Noting the importance of the oil and gas industry to Louisiana, Letlow has said she will “always fight to make sure we support and protect our oil and gas industry. [xxii] She has a lifetime score of 13 percent from the League of Conservation Voters.[xxiii] She supports “unleashing” US energy production to combat high energy prices.[xxiv]
Letlow has said she is a “staunch defender of our Constitutional right to bear arms.”[xxv] Following the Uvalde shooting, she declined to support any new gun control measures such as expanded background checks or an assault weapons ban.[xxvi] In 2021, she co-sponsored the Gun Owner Registration Information Protection Act, to ensure “no taxpayer funding is used to pay for invasive gun registries.”[xxvii]
BIG TECH & DATA PRIVACY:
Letlow said she voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 in part because “our adversaries such as Russia and China [are] becoming increasingly more aggressive.”[xxviii]
[i] Ally Mutnick, “Julia Letlow Wins Special Election To Replace Her Late Husband In Congress,” Politico, March 20, 2021, available at https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/20/julia-letlow-special-election-louisiana-477350.
[vii] “Rep. Julia Letlow,” Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, accessed November 7, 2022, available at https://sbaprolife.org/representative/julia-letlow.
[ix] “Rep. Letlow talks rural broadband needs, infrastructure bill, COVID vaccine,” KNOE, July 7, 2021, available at https://www.knoe.com/2021/07/07/rep-letlow-talks-rural-broadband-needs-infrastructure-bill-covid-vaccine/.
[x] Congresswoman Julia Letlow Twitter, January 14, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepJuliaLetlow/status/1482140854248689670.
[xi] “Rep. Julia Letlow,” Heritage Action, accessed November 7, 2022, available at https://heritageaction.com/scorecard/members/L000595/.
[xiii] Lexi Lonas, “Letlow describes final moments with husband, urges people to get vaccine,” The Hill, August 4, 2021, available at https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/566301-letlow-describes-final-moments-with-husband-urges-people-to-get-vaccine/.
[xiv] Congresswoman Julia Letlow Twitter, April 27, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepJuliaLetlow/status/1519361212559024128.
[xv] Congresswoman Julia Letlow Twitter, June 9, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/RepJuliaLetlow/status/1402732054559797251.
[xvi] Congresswoman Julia Letlow Twitter, April 25, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/RepJuliaLetlow/status/1518622685428957185.
[xvii] “U.S. Rep. Julia Letlow helps Alexandria get $276,000 for police body cameras,” KALB, March 10, 2022, available at https://www.kalb.com/2022/03/10/us-rep-julia-letlow-helps-alexandria-get-276000-police-body-cameras/.
[xx] “The Real State of the Union,” Office of the Republican Leader Press Release, March 1, 2022, available at https://www.republicanleader.gov/the-real-state-of-the-union-a-live-discussion-with-the-american-people/.
[xxi] Mark Ballard, “After her husband’s death, Rep. Julia Letlow stepped up. Now she wants to make a permanent impact,” NOLA.com, November 2, 2022, available at https://www.nola.com/news/politics/article_c601a38e-5a1c-11ed-a4d4-6f8f8c1cfec7.html.
[xxiv] Julia B. Letlow Twitter, March 12, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/jbletlow/status/1502702817752068096.
[xxvi] “Rep. Julia Letlow reacts to increased calls for gun control following Uvalde shooting,” KNOE, May 25, 2022, available at https://www.kplctv.com/2022/05/25/rep-julia-letlow-reacts-increased-calls-gun-control-following-uvalde-shooting/.
[xxvii] Congresswoman Julia Letlow Twitter, June 29, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/RepJuliaLetlow/status/1409986486074814465.
[xxviii] “Letlow Votes to Support America's Troops and Invest Millions in Louisiana Through the NDAA,” Office of US Representative Julia Letlow Press Release, July 14, 2022, available at https://letlow.house.gov/media/press-releases/letlow-votes-support-americas-troops-and-invest-millions-louisiana-through.