Julia Letlow Sworn in as House Member After Losing Late Husband to Coronavirus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, talks with Rep. Julia Letlow, R-La., left, before a mock swearing-in photo opportunity on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Letlow easily won a special election for the northeast Louisiana-based U.S. House seat that her husband, Luke, couldn’t fill because of his death from complications related to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rep. Julia Letlow (R-La.) was sworn into office on Wednesday after winning a special election to replace her late husband, Luke Letlow, who died of COVID-19 complications before his term was set to begin this year.

With Letlow now officially a member of the House, Democrats’ majority is slightly thinner with 218 seats over Republicans’ 212. Going forward, Democrats will only be able to afford up to two defections and still pass legislation on their own without any support from Republicans.

Letlow’s swearing-in also comes a week after the death of Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), which further narrowed Democrats’ House majority.

During a ceremonial swearing-in with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) just off the House floor, Letlow’s young son, Jeremiah, drew attention on social media for mimicking his mother raising her right hand and for his bow tie.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Cristina Marcos

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