Representative Ron Wright (R-TX) became the first sitting member of Congress to die in Covid-19.
His death, almost a year after the United States first confirmed his death from the virus, takes place in the midst of a grim period in the country’s fight against Covid-19. Although the number of cases is declining from an early peak, deaths are still accumulating rapidly. There were 450,000 confirmed Covid-19 deaths in the United States last week, just weeks after it reached 400,000 deaths on January 19th.
Wright, 67, has been representing Texas ’sixth congressional district since 2019, which includes Arlington and southeastern Fort Worth. His office gave a positive result on January 21, Wright said in a statement Wright is experiencing minor symptoms but is feeling well. Wright has also struggled with lung cancer since 2018, according to several stores, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
In a statement, Wright’s team said they were with his wife, Susan, for two weeks at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. He died Sunday night.
“Wright Congressman will be remembered as a constitutional conservative,” a Wright spokesman said. – He was a statesman, not an ideologue.
During his two years in office, Wright sat on the Foreign Affairs, Education, and Labor committees. He spent his last month in office against the indictment of former President Donald Trump, the introduction of anti-abortion bills, and the vote to validate the 2020 election results.
Although Wright was the first sitting member of Congress to die of the disease, the NPR said at least 50 other people assumed a positive test or were presumably considered positive. And Elected Representative Luke Letlow died five days before he was placed in his Louisiana Republican house at the age of 41.
Tom Emmer, chairman of the Republican Congressional Committee, a Minnesota representative, expressed his condolences to the Wright family in a statement.
“Wright, a congressman in Texas, was a sixth-generation and dedicated civil servant who dedicated his life to improving his community,” Emmer said. “I hope the legacy and good work that Ron leaves behind will reassure his family at this devastating time.
Wright, who participated in the second cycle, won in 2018 after the retirement of long-time member of the House, Joe Barton, who has represented the district for more than 30 years. Wright previously served as Barton’s chief of staff and Tarrant County tax collector, according to the Texas Tribune.
His wife said his wife, three children and nine grandchildren survived.