He was elected to Congress in 2018 and had seats on the House Foreign Affairs and Education and Labor Committees.
U.S. Representative Ron Wright died after testing constructive for COVID-19 final month, his workplace mentioned on Monday, making him the first member of the U.S. Congress to die from the pandemic illness that has claimed almost 464,000 American lives.
Wright, a 67-year-old Texas Republican, had additionally been battling most cancers. He was elected to Congress in 2018 and had seats on the House Foreign Affairs and Education and Labor Committees.
Dozens of lawmakers from the U.S. Senate and House ofRepresentatives have contracted COVID-19 or been uncovered to the lethal virus over the previous yr.
Wright is the one sitting member of Congress to succumb to the illness. Luke Letlow, a 41-year-old Republican fromLouisiana who gained election to Congress in November, died of COVID-19 late final yr earlier than he could possibly be sworn into workplace.
“Congressman Wright will be remembered as a constitutional conservative. He was a statesman, not an ideologue,” his workplace mentioned in a press release.
“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,” the assertion mentioned.