Consultant Ron Wright, Republican of Texas, died on Sunday after battling Covid-19 within the hospital, his workplace mentioned on Monday. He was 67.
Mr. Wright introduced on Jan. 21 that he had examined constructive for the coronavirus after coming into contact earlier within the month with somebody who had the virus. Within the assertion about Mr. Wright’s demise, his workplace mentioned that he and his spouse, Susan, had each been hospitalized in Dallas for the previous two weeks.
The assertion didn’t affirm whether or not the virus brought about the demise of Mr. Wright, who had additionally been present process therapy for most cancers.
He’s the primary seated member of Congress to die after battling the virus. Luke Letlow, a Louisiana Republican elected in November, died just a few days earlier than he was scheduled to be sworn in.
“Congressman Wright will probably be remembered as a constitutional conservative,” the congressman’s workplace mentioned in a press release. “He was a statesman, not an ideologue.”
“As pals, household, and plenty of of his constituents will know, Ron maintained his fast wit and optimism till the very finish,” the assertion continued. “Regardless of years of painful, generally debilitating therapy for most cancers, Ron by no means lacked the will to rise up and go to work, to encourage these round him, or to supply fatherly recommendation.”
Mr. Wright, a sixth-generation resident of Tarrant County, has represented Texas’ sixth congressional district since 2018. A former metropolis council member, he was a member of the conservative Home Freedom Caucus.
Consultant Joaquin Castro, Democrat of Texas, mentioned on Twitter that Mr. Wright “was a gentleman who cared deeply about public service.”
Consultant Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority chief, mentioned on Monday that Mr. Wright was a colleague who “led with precept, integrity, and thoughtfulness” and “emulated the easiest of America.”