GOP Rep. Ron Wright Passes Away Weeks After Testing Positive For COVID


Republican Texas Rep. Ron Wright passed away on Sunday weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19. He was 67 years-old.

Wright Passes Away

Wright’s office confirmed his death in a statement obtained by The Daily Caller, saying that he died peacefully with his wife “by his side.”

“Congressman Ron Wright passed away peacefully at the age of 67 on Feb. 7, 2021,” the statement read. “His wife Susan was by his side and he is now in the presence of their Lord and Savior.”

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

“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,” the statement added. “We ask that everyone give Susan and the entire Wright family and staff time to grieve.”

Wright had been a member of Congress since 2019. He announced back in the fall that he was battling lung cancer, and he tested positive for coronavirus at the end of January.

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Tributes Pour In For Wright

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has released a statement paying tribute to Wright. “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,” McCarthy told CNN. “Ron Wright was a fighter who passionately served his constituents, Texas, and America.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has paid tribute to Wright as well, praising his “life of public service to the people of Texas.”

“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.”

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This piece was written by James Samson on February 8, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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