Texas Republican congressman Ron Wright dies after Covid diagnosis | Republicans
Texas Republican Congressman Ron Wright has died after contracting the coronavirus.
The 67-year-old is the first member of Congress to die of Covid-19. In December, Luke Letlow, a 41-year-old Republican from Louisiana, died before he was sworn in.
Texas was badly hit. As of Monday, Johns Hopkins University recorded nearly 2.5 million cases in the state and nearly 39,000 deaths.
Wright announced that he tested positive on Jan. 21. On Monday, his office said in a statement that he and his wife Susan Wright were “admitted to Baylor Hospital in Dallas two weeks ago under a contract with Covid-19.”
Wright has already been treated for lung cancer.
“Congressman Wright had a rigorous work schedule on the floor of the house and at home in his Congressional District Six while being treated for cancer,” his office said.
Matt Langston, a family spokesman, told the Associated Press the congressman contracted the coronavirus in Washington in early January when the new Congress was sworn in. Another Texas Republican, Kay Granger, announced a positive test at the time.
Susan Wright was released from the hospital before her husband died, Langston said.
Wright was elected in 2018 and took a seat previously occupied by Joe Barton, a Republican who stepped down following a sexually explicit photos scandal.
The seat is solidly Republican, but Democrats, who have a slim majority in the House, faced tougher challenges in the last two elections.
Wright would be remembered, his office said, “as a constitutional conservative. He was a statesman, not an ideologist. Ron and Susan have dedicated their lives to fighting for individual freedom, Texan values, and most importantly, the life of the unborn. “
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, called Wright a “leader in principle”.
Wright is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, and nine grandchildren.