LaTurner tests positive for COVID-19 amid House vote on election

U.S. Jake LaTurner tested positive for COVID-19 late Wednesday, his office announced on Twitter. (Aug. 4, 2020, photo by Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, the newly elected Republican from Kansas, tested positive for COVID-19 late Wednesday as his House colleagues voted to certify results from the November election.

LaTurner’s office announced the test through his Twitter account. The test was taken as part of Washington, D.C., travel guidelines that requires visitors to be tested. LaTurner was sworn into office Sunday.

His office said the congressman wasn’t experiencing any symptoms.

LaTurner left during the late-night congressional action to affirm Electoral College votes from each state. LaTurner had planned to object to Joe Biden’s presidential victory, joining U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall and other Republicans in the Kansas delegation to the House.

Both chambers certified the results by a wide margin, hours after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol and sent members of Congress into shelter. LaTurner condemned the violence before returning to business.