Texas GOP rep Ron Wright dies of COVID

Texas Republican Rep. Ron Wright became the first member of Congress to die of COVID-19

The Dallas Morning News reported his death Monday morning. 

Wright had also been battling lung cancer. 

‘Congressman Wright will be remembered as a constitutional conservative. He was a statesman, not an ideologue,’ said a statement from Wright’s office. 

Rep. Ron Wright has died from COVID-19, becoming the first member of Congress to pass away from the virus

Rep. Ron Wright has died from COVID-19, becoming the first member of Congress to pass away from the virus

Rep. Ron Wright has died from COVID-19, becoming the first member of Congress to pass away from the virus 

‘Ron and Susan dedicated their lives to fighting for individual freedom, Texas values, and above all, the lives of the unborn,’ it continued. 

Susan Wright, according to CNN, had been admitted to the hospital alongside her husband and is also battling COVID-19. 

‘As friends, family, and many of his constituents will know, Ron maintained his quick wit and optimism until the very end,’ the statement said. ‘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.’

On January 21, Wright’s office had put out a statement saying the 67-year-old lawmaker had tested positive for COVID-19. 

After returning to Texas following the House’s vote to impeach President Donald Trump a second time, Wright learned that he and members of his staff had come into contact with a person who tested positive for the virus. 

Wright had not been vaccinated, the Texas Tribune said

He watched President Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration from home.  

In September, Wright had been hospitalized due to complications with cancer.   

Wright was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2018 and ran for re-election in 2020 despite his cancer diagnosis. 

While Wright is the first member of Congress to die of the coronavirus, in December Republicans lost Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, who perished from COVID-19 at the age of 41, just days before he was to be sworn-in. 

As of February 2, at least 64 sitting members of Congress had tested positive for the coronavirus, according to The New York Times’ tally

That breaks down to 44 Republicans and 20 Democrats. 

During the January 6 insurrection, footage showed Republican lawmakers refusing to put on masks despite pleas from their Democratic colleagues. 

Wright’s case was not considered one directly related to the attack.   

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