Brendan Smialowski, Agence France-Presse
40, Louisiana — 5, R
The first Republican woman to represent Louisiana in Congress, Julia is a mother of two who won a vacant seat after her husband, Luke, passed away from Covid at the end of 2020.
Julia was the executive director of external affairs and strategic communications at the University of Louisiana. She also worked at Tulane University School of Medicine as the director of education and director of resident patient safety and quality improvement. After her husband’s death, Julia became an advocate for Covid safety and encouraged Americans, especially hesitant Republicans, to get the vaccine.
Photo: Cornell Capa, JFK Library
34, Georgia, D