“As his friends, family and many of his constituents know, Ron kept his wit and optimism alive until the very end,” the statement read. “Despite years of painful and sometimes debilitating cancer treatment, Ron has never lacked a desire to get up and go to work, motivate those around him or offer fatherly advice.
Wright’s death comes less than two months after the House lost another member: elected representative Luke Letlow (R-La.), Who also died after contracting coronavirus. Dozens of members have also tested positive for Covid-19 over the past year, and lawmakers began receiving the vaccine in December.
“For Ron, public service was more than a job, it was a calling,” Minority Parliamentary Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement. “The difference he was able to make over the past two decades will continue to last in every life he has touched.
“He emulated the best of America, and we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to call him a colleague and a friend,” he added.
Wright first arrived at Congress in 2019, after running for the Arlington-Fort Worth Region seat vacated by Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas). He won with 53% of the vote in 2020.
A special election will likely be held in 2021 to select a new representative for the suburban district, which has been more democratic in recent years. Mitt Romney carried the district by 17 points in 2012. Trump won it by 12 points in 2016, then by just 3 points in 2020.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Wright family,” said NRCC President Tom Emmer (R-Minn.). “Congressman Wright was a sixth generation Texan and a dedicated public servant who dedicated his life to improving his community. I hope the legacy and good work Ron leaves behind is a comfort to his family during this devastating time.
Wright leaves behind his wife, three children and nine grandchildren.
Prior to being elected to the House, Wright was Barton’s chief of staff and district manager and also served on Arlington City Council for eight years. In 2011, Wright was appointed Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector – a role he held until he ran for Congress in 2018.
Ally Mutnick contributed to this report.