Ron Wright dead at 67 – GOP Rep 'is first member of Congress to die of Covid' after cancer fight

CONGRESSMAN Ron Wright of Arlington has died after a battle with Covid-19, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to die from the virus.

His family and spokesperson confirmed Wright’s death Monday morning.

The US Rep of Arlington, 67, told The Texas Tribune that he was experiencing “minor symptoms” when he first announced he had tested positive for coronavirus on January 21.

He died "peacefully" on Sunday, according to a statement from Wright's office.

“For the previous two weeks, Ron and Susan had been admitted to Baylor Hospital in Dallas after contracting COVID-19," it read.

"Wright passed away peacefully…his wife Susan was by his side."

Wright, who was reelected in November to represent Arlington, Texas, was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2018, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. He was previously hospitalized in mid-September.

“Congressman Wright will be remembered as a constitutional conservative. He was a statesman, not an ideologue,” a statement released by Wright’s office read.

“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.”

Wright, a former Tarrant County Tax Assessor, is survived by his wife, Susan; his daughter Rachel, his sons Derek and Justin, his brother, Gary and nine grandchildren.

Wright succeeded fmr GOP TX Rep Joe Barton in 2019 after Barton retired.

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