Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX) died from complications of COVID-19 on Sunday at the age of 67, Wright’s Congressional office confirmed on Monday.
Wright has had several significant health events after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018. He was hospitalized in September after experiencing severe side effects from his cancer treatments, which those close to him had characterized as “painful, sometimes debilitating.”
The Texas congressman announced in January that he had tested positive for COVID-19, and was admitted to the hospital with his wife, Susan, soon afterward.
Wright’s office confirmed he spent two weeks receiving medical care at Baylor Hospital in Dallas before succumbing to the effects of the deadly virus. Wife Susan survived her bout with COVID-19.
“He was a statesman, not an ideologue,” Wright’s office wrote in a statement announcing his death. “Ron and Susan dedicated their lives to fighting for individual freedom, Texas values, and above all, the lives of the unborn. His wife Susan was by his side and he is now in the presence of their Lord and Savior.”
The statement continued:
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.
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.
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.
We ask that everyone give Susan and the entire Wright family and staff time to grieve. Additional information will be available on funeral arrangements and ways to honor Congressman Wright in the days to come.
Congressman Wright is survived by his wife, Susan; his son Derek; his son Justin and wife Susan; his daughter Rachel and husband Jeff; his brother Gary and wife Janis; nine grandchildren; cousins and extended family.
Wright was elected to represent Texas’ 6th Congressional District since 2019 and was described as a strong “constitutional conservative” during his tenure.
Wright is the first sitting Congressman to die from coronavirus. Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, (R-LA) passed away from COVID-19 at the age of 41 just before he was scheduled to be sworn in.