Congressman Ron Wright dies after COVID-19 contract

Texas Republican Representative Ron Wright died Sunday, nearly two weeks after his contract COVID-19. According to a statement released by his office, Wright, the first member of Congress to die of the virus, was also undergoing treatment for cancer for years.

The statement said, “Congressman Ron Wright died peacefully at the age of 67 on February 7, 2021. His wife Susan was by his side and is now in the presence of their Lord and Savior.”

For the past two weeks, he and his wife, Susan Wright, were at Baylor Hospital in Dallas after discovering COVID-19. On 21 January, Wright released a statement in which he announced that he had tested positive, after which he had come in contact a week earlier.

When he announced his diagnosis, Wright cautiously described his symptoms as “minor”. “I am feeling fine and will continue to work for the people of 6 districts from home this week,” he said.

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Rep. Ron Wright watched on November 15, 2018.

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Wright’s office said he was keeping a “rigorous work schedule” on the floor and floor of the home during his cancer treatment and said he specifically “battled for personal freedom, Texas values ​​and, above all, the life of the unborn “Had fought.

Wright won the 6th district seat for the first time in 2018, after longtime Congressman Joe Barton retired. The district includes Arlington, part of Fort Worth and areas south of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Although Wright is the first member of Congress to die after contracting the virus, Congressman-elect Luke Letlow also died in late December, before he was about to assume office. He was 41.

Catherine Watson contributed to this report.