NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - North Texas Republican Congressman Ron Wright has died.
Wright, who had been battling lung cancer since 2020 and recently contracted COVID-19, died Sunday night.
After announcing that he had tested positive for the virus more than two weeks ago, Wright confirmed that he had been in quarantine since January 15. One of his last statements said that he was 'experiencing minor symptoms,' was overall felling 'okay', and would continue working from home.
A statement released on behalf of the family said, in part --
"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."
Wright, who was just reelected in November, was in his second term in the U.S. House. He represented the 6th Congressional District which encompasses Arlington, other parts of Tarrant County and rural areas south of North Texas, including Waxahachie and Corsicana.
Wright is survived by his wife, Susan; two sons; a daughter; a brother; nine grandchildren and extended family.
The 67-year-old is the first sitting member of Congress to die after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
President Joe Biden released the following statement on Rep. Wright's passing:
Jill and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Congressman Ron Wright. Asixth-generation son of Tarrant County, Ron served the people of Arlington as a city councilor, as mayor pro tempore, as a county tax assessor-collector, as a long-time congressional staffer, and as a member of Congress representing the Sixth District.
He was also 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.
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