Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some sad news to report. This is about the death of a congressman due covid-19.
Representative Ron Wright (R.TX.), was receiving cancer treatment for years, died on Sunday after being hospitalized with covid-19. He was 67 years old.
Wright had announced on January 21 that he tested positive for the coronavirus “after coming in contact with an individual with the virus last week.” He is the first sitting member of Congress to die after battling covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
The House held a moment of silence to remember Wright on Monday after convening for a brief pro forma session.
Wright was reelected to a second term in November. His death will create the fifth special House election of the year so far; campaigning is already underway for three seats vacated or soon to be vacated by Democrats who are joining the Biden administration, and in the 5th District of Louisiana, where Republican Luke Letlow died before taking office.
The 6th Congressional District of Texas which is south of Dallas, Wright has represented since 2019. The district has moved toward Democrats since it was drawn 10 years ago. In 2012, Barack Obama lost the district by 17 points; last year, as Democrats invested more in suburban Texas races, Joe Biden lost in the district by just three points. Wright ran ahead of the president, defeating a Democratic opponent by nine points. Wright’s office said he will be “remembered as a constitutional conservative. He was a statesman, not an ideologue.”
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer (R.MN.) said in a statement that Wright was a “dedicated public servant who devoted his life to bettering his community.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.CA) said in a statement that as lawmakers grieve Wright’s death, “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. Each death is a tragedy that breaks our hearts and demands strong, urgent action.” “May it be a comfort to Congressman Wright’s wife Susan, their children Rachel, Derek and Justin, and their nine grandchildren, and the entire Wright family that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time,” Pelosi said.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement that they were saddened to learn of Wright’s death and called him “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.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called him a “fighter who passionately served his constituents.”