United States Representative Ron Wright (R-Tx) died Sunday at age 67 from Coronavirus complications.
Pro-Life advocate, Rep Wright battled in Congress with the same strength and courage he battled several bouts of lung cancer in recent years.
Wright was diagnosed with COVID roughly two weeks ago and was hospitalized due to the severity.
“His wife Susan was by his side and he is now in the presence of their Lord and Savior,” the statement said. “Over the past few years, Congressman Wright had kept a rigorous work schedule on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and at home in Texas’ Congressional District 6 while being treated for cancer. For the previous two weeks, Ron and Susan had been admitted to Baylor Hospital in Dallas after contracting COVID-19.”
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported:
“Wright was in his second term in the U.S. House, but he was no stranger to Congress or local politics. A fan of bow ties, Wright was a fixture in the Tarrant County political scene. In the late 1990s, Wright was a columnist for the Star-Telegram. In 2000, he shifted to the political arena to serve as former U.S. Rep. Joe Barton’s district director and as an at-large member of the Arlington City Council through 2008. From 2004-08, Wright held the post of mayor pro tempore.”
“From 2009-11, Wright managed Barton’s team as his chief of staff. He left Barton’s office in May of that year to become the Tarrant County tax assessor-collector.”
“The district is historically Republican, but Democrats made some effort to challenge the district in the last two cycles. Even so, Wright won reelection by a 9-percentage-point margin in 2020.”
“Congressman Wright will be remembered as a constitutional conservative,” the statement said. “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.”
“Ron and Susan,” referencing the late congressman’s wife, “dedicated their lives to fighting for individual freedom, Texas values, and above all, the lives of the unborn. As friends, family, and many of his constituents will know, Ron maintained his quick wit and optimism until the very end.
“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.”
“Over the past few years, Congressman Wright had kept a rigorous work schedule on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and at home in Texas’ Congressional District 6 while being treated for cancer,” the statement continued, referencing his decision to continue working while undergoing treatment.
While dozens of lawmakers have tested positive for the novel virus, Wright is the first sitting member of Congress to pass away as a direct result of it.
Wright is survived by his wife, Susan, their three children and nine grandchildren.