He is the first sitting member of Congress to die from complications of the disease.
Congressman Ron Wright of Texas’ 6th Congressional District, died yesterday after several weeks in the hospital battling coronavirus. The Texas Republican was 67. Wright, who first took office in 2019, underwent treatment in recent years for lung cancer diagnosed in 2018.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“The Texas Democratic Party offers our heartfelt condolences to the family of Congressman Ron Wright and to all of those who loved and cared for him. The outpouring of prayers and support shows the type of man Wright was and how beloved he was by many Texans across the state.
“This loss serves as a tragic reminder that we must remain vigilant fighting against this deadly virus. To Congressman Wright’s friends, family, and constituents, we are with you today.”