Julia Letlow beat out 11 other candidates for the U.S. House seat.
Julia Letlow beat out 11 other candidates for the U.S. House seat.

Julia Letlow’s Bio and Career

After graduating from Ouachita Christian School, Julia Barnhill Letlow majored in speech communications at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She earned her BA in 1999, according to Ballotpedia.

Letlow’s experience in higher education began at ULM in 2003 as a teaching associate in the Communication Department. She continued her graduate studies at the University of South Florida and completed her Ph.D. in Communication.

Letlow began her professional career at ULM in 2007 working on special projects for the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. She then accepted a position at Tulane University School of Medicine as the Director of Education and Patient Safety. During her tenure there she created a curriculum for physicians to strengthen their communication skills and served as an advocate for patient safety.

Letlow has worked for political campaigns in north Louisiana as both a volunteer and staff member. Her direct participation in Louisiana politics gives her insight into strategies and alliances necessary to accomplish goals when working with elected officials.

Julia Barnhill has been an educator during her career. She was named Executive Director of External Affairs and Strategic Communications at the University of Louisiana Monroe on October 8, 2018.

Letlow most recently served as the Director of Marketing and Communications where she helped lead the rebranding initiative for ULM.

From 2018 to 2019, she served as the executive director of external affairs & strategic communications. Since 2019, she has been the executive assistant to the president for external affairs and community outreach.

Julia Letlow’s relationship with late Congress-elect Luke Letlow

Both Barnhill and Letlow are graduates of Ouachita Christian School. They were engaged in 2013 and got married on April 27, 2013. Julia and Luke had celebrated seven years of marriage in 2020, earnthenecklace reported.

Julia and Luke Letlow welcomed their first child, a boy they named Jeremiah, on September 21, 2017. Their second child, Jacqueline, was born in February 2020.

Luke Letlow, his wife, Julia and their two children (Instagram)
Luke Letlow, his wife, Julia and their two children (Instagram)

Luke Letlow won the 5th Congressional District on December 5. The Congressman-elect announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 on December 18, mere days before he would be sworn in.

He initially quarantined at their family residence in Richland Parish. When his symptoms persisted, he was transferred to Ochsner-LSU Health in Shreveport on December 23. He passed away on December 29 at the age of 41.

Facts about Julia Letlow

1. Julia Letlow Has Two Kids With Luke Letlow During Her Work At Monroe University

The couple has two young children, and both of Letlows plastered their social media accounts with pictures of their young family.

2. Julia Letlow Has Suffered Family Tragedy Before

On LinkedIn, Julia wrote that she serves as president of the Jeremy Barnhill Foundation for Christian teens. Jeremy, Julia’s brother, died in a traffic crash as a teenager.

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.”

“‘Smart, confident and articulate,’ describes Dr. Julia Barnhill,” wrote a person who gave Julia a recommendation on LinkedIn

3. Letlow’s Wife Posted Updates on Facebook about her husband’s Covid-19 battle

On December 27, Letlow’s wife wrote on Facebook, “Thank you for the inquiries, love, and prayers. Moving forward, we will use Luke’s FB page to provide all updates. Much love to all of you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts! ❤️