Republican Congressman Ron Wright of Texas died Sunday after being hospitalized for COVID-19, his office said in a statement Monday.
The statement said Wright, 67, had “passed away peacefully” with his wife, Susan, by his side. The statement added that “for the previous two weeks,” Wright and his wife “had been admitted to Baylor Hospital in Dallas after contracting COVID-19.”
The couple was diagnosed January 21. In September, Wright was hospitalized because of complications from ongoing cancer treatment.
After his COVID-19 diagnosis, Wright released a statement saying, “I am experiencing minor symptoms, but overall, I feel OK and will continue working for the people of the 6th District from home this week."
He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 and was reelected last year. He was a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the House Education and Labor Committee.
According to the House clerk, Wright’s last vote on the House floor was January 13.
“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,” his office said in a statement Monday.
Wright is the first sitting member of Congress to die of the novel coronavirus.
In December, Republican Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, of Louisiana died from COVID-19 just days before being sworn in.