Another prominent American has died after testing positive for COVID-19.
According to reports, U.S. Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX), 67, died on Sunday, weeks after learning that he had contracted the pandemic virus.
“A great man and a father figure to many”
Though COVID-19 was cited as a contributing factor, Wright had also been battling lung cancer for more than two years.
The sad news was confirmed in an announcement by his campaign office on Monday, which indicated that he died “peacefully” while hospitalized with his wife, Susan, by his side.
Ron Wright was a great man and a father figure to many. I will miss him, so will many, many others. pic.twitter.com/nRYmEcqKhj
— Tyler Norris (@TXTylerNorris) February 8, 2021
The statement honored Write as “a constitutional conservative” and “a statesman, not an ideologue,” celebrating a married couple who “dedicated their lives to fighting for individual freedom, Texas values, and above all, the lives of the unborn.”
Even during his prolonged period of declining health, Wright’s office said that “Ron maintained his quick wit and optimism until the very end” and “never lacked the desire to get up and go to work, to motivate those around him, or to offer fatherly advice.”
“Devoted his life to bettering his community”
The statement concluded by noting that he is survived by a daughter, two sons, nine grandchildren, a brother, and other extended family members, in addition to his wife. Many of his congressional colleagues shared their own thoughts, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
“For Ron, public service was more than a job, it was a calling,” McCarthy said. “The difference he was able to make over the past two decades will continue to live on in every life he impacted. He emulated the very best of America, and we were fortunate to have had the opportunity to call him a colleague and a friend.”
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), who serves as the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, also issued a statement expressing “heartfelt condolences” for the Wright family.
“Congressman Wright was a sixth-generation Texan and a dedicated public servant who devoted his life to bettering his community,” Emmer added. “I hope the legacy and good work Ron leaves behind is a comfort to his family during this devastating time.”
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to schedule a special election this year for voters in the 6th congressional district to choose a representative to complete the remainder of Wright’s current term.