Texas Rep. Ron Wright, 67, has died two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19 and being hospitalized.
“Congressman Wright will be remembered as a constitutional conservative. He was a statesman, not an ideologue. Ron and Susan dedicated their lives to fighting for individual freedom, Texas values, and above all, the lives of the unborn,” said a statement from Wright’s office.
Wright’s spokesman Matt Langston said that Wright and his wife, Susan, had been admitted to the Baylor University Medical Center in the previous two weeks after catching the virus.
Wright is the first sitting member of Congress to die from the virus so far.
According to Wright’s office, was also hospitalized last year over treatment for lung cancer complications.
“Despite years of painful, sometimes debilitating treatment for cancer, Ron never lacked the desire to get up and go to work, to motivate those around him, or to offer fatherly advice,” said his office.
Wright represented the 6th Congressional District in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 2018 in Tarrant County outside of Dallas.
A special election to choose Wright’s successor will be held in the coming weeks.
Wright started his political career in 2000 and served as former U.S. Rep. Joe Barton’s district director through 2008 before becoming chief of staff from 2009-11.
Wright later became the Tarrant County’s tax assessor-collector before taking Barton’s place in 2018.
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