Congressman Ron Wright Dies

(PatriotWise.com)- On Sunday, Texas Representative Ron Wright passed away at the age of 67. He battled lung cancer for years and had contracted coronavirus.

His congressional office released a statement Monday announcing his passing. It read:

“Congressman Ron Wright passed away peacefully at the age of 67 on Feb. 7, 2021. His wife Susan was by his side and he is now in the presence of their Lord and Savior. For the previous two weeks, Ron and Susan had been admitted to Baylor Hospital in Dallas after contracting COVID-19.”

Wright represented the 6th Congressional District in Texas, which is located just south of Dallas. He had been in office since 2019.

On January 21, he announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus. At first, he announced via statement that he was experiencing only minor symptoms but felt good overall. His situation worsened quickly, though, requiring him to be hospitalized and, ultimately, succumb to the virus.

Wright is the first sitting member of Congress to pass away after contracting coronavirus. Luke Letlow, a Republican Representative-elect from Louisiana, died in late December after being infected with coronavirus. He was 41.

Wright’s office remembered the representative as a “constitutional conservative” who dedicated his entire life to “fighting for individual freedom, Texas values, and above all, the lives of the unborn.” The statement continued:

“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.”

Other politicians had heartfelt words for Wright and his family. In a statement, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said:

“Our hearts are heavy with the news of Ron’s passing. Judy and I sent our heartfelt prayers to Susan and their children during this very difficult time. Ron Wright was a fighter who passionately served his constituents, Texas and America.”

President Joe Biden also issued a statement Monday, saying Wright was “a fighter who battled bravely against both cancer and COVID-19, diseases that our nation will continue working tirelessly every day to defeat in the memory of all those we have lost. Our prayers are with Ron’s wife, Susan, their three children and their nine grandchildren.”

Wright first entered public office in 2000, when he first became a council member in the city of Arlington in Texas. In 2012, he was elected as the tax assessor-collector for Tarrant County, which is where Fort Worth is located.

From 2000 to 2011, he worked for former Representative Joe Barton, who was Wright’s successor. He was the chief of staff for Barton in Washington, D.C. When Barton didn’t run for re-election in 2018, Wright stepped up to fill that spot.

His office’s statement paid homage to his service and his strength:

“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.”