Republican Representative Ron Wright of Texas has died after contracting COVID-19. His congressional office announced his death in a statement on Monday.
“Congressman Ron Wright passed away peacefully at the age of 67 on Feb. 7, 2021. His wife Susan was by his side and he is now in the presence of their Lord and Savior,” the congressional office said in a statement. ” For the previous two weeks, Ron and Susan had been admitted to Baylor Hospital in Dallas after contracting COVID-19.”
Wright is the first sitting member of Congress to die from COVID-19. On January 21, Wrights congressional office announced that the congressman had tested positive for the virus. “I am experiencing minor symptoms, but overall, I feel okay and will continue working for the people of the 6th District from home this week,” Wright said in a statement announcing his COVID-19 diagnosis.
“Our hearts are heavy with the news of Ron’s passing. Judy and I send our heartfelt prayers to Susan and their children during this very difficult time,” House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement.
Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, released a statement with condolences to the Wright family and Americans that have been killed by the virus.
“As we grieve Congressman Wright’s passing, Members of Congress are united in sorrow and pray for the families and loved ones of the over 460,000 Americans who have been killed by the vicious coronavirus,” Pelosi said. ” Each death is a tragedy that breaks our hearts and demands strong, urgent action.”
Wright, who battled cancer in the past, is remembered for his hard work, dedication, and bowties. Wright has represented Texas’s Sixth congressional district since 2019.
“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,” Wrights congressional office said in the statement.