Updated: February 24, 2021
President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and First Lady Dr Jill Biden are saddened over the passing away on Sunday of Texas Republican Congressman Ron Wright.
“Jill and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Congressman Ron Wright,” Biden said in a statement. “A sixth-generation son of Tarrant County, Ron served the people of Arlington as a city councilor, as mayor pro tempore, as a county tax assessor-collector, as a long-time congressional staffer, and as a member of Congress representing the Sixth District.”
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“He was also a fighter who battled bravely against both cancer and COVID-19, diseases that our nation will continue working tirelessly every day to defeat in the memory of all those we have lost. Our prayers are with Ron’s wife, Susan, their three children, and their nine grandchildren,” the president added.
Wright has become the first sitting member of Congress to die after contracting COVID-19. Luke Letlow, a Louisiana republican elected to the House last year, died in December from COVID-19 complications before taking office.
Wright, 67, underwent treatment in recent years for lung cancer diagnosed in 2018.
Wright, who first took office in 2019, was hospitalized in Dallas along with his wife two weeks ago after he announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on January 21.
“As friends, family, and many of his constituents will know, Ron maintained his quick wit and optimism until the very end,” Wright’s office said in a statement. “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.”