Jan 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Congressman announces positive COVID-19 test just hours after House floor vote

Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner talks with members of the 2nd congressional district during meeting at the annual GOP convention in Topeka, Kansas, February 16, 2019.
Rep. Jake LaTurner. Photo: Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Newly elected Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-Kansas) has tested positive for COVID-19 and is following CDC guidelines but is not experiencing any symptoms, per a statement from his office on Thursday morning.

Why it matters: LaTurner voted on the Arizona objection in the Electoral College certification process on Wednesday night, records show. He took the test as part of Washington, D.C'.s requirements and "does not plan to return to the House floor for votes until he is cleared to do so," per the statement.

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