Texas Republican Ron Wright becomes first sitting U.S. Congressman to die of COVID-19

Texas Republican Congressman Ron Wright died of COVID-19 on Sunday, his office said on Monday.

He is 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.”

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