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Texas Republican MP Ron Wright dies of Covid

Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas, MP attends a welcoming meeting for new members at the Capitol Visitor Center on November 15, 2018.

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Rep. Ron Wright died on Sunday after signing Covid-19.

The Texas Republican was 67 years old. Wright, who took office in 2019, has been treated for the past few years for lung cancer diagnosed in 2018.

He and his wife Susan were hospitalized in Dallas for two weeks before the Congressman died fighting the disease. The congressman announced that he tested positive for Covid-19 on January 21.

“As friends, family and many of his constituents will know, Ron kept his quick wits and optimism to the end,” Wright’s office said in a statement. “Despite years of painful, sometimes debilitating, cancer treatment, Ron never lacked the desire to get up and go to work, motivate those around him, or give fatherly advice.”

Wright is the first seated member of Congress to die under contract with Covid-19. Luke Letlow, a Louisiana Republican who was elected to the House of Representatives last year, died of complications from Covid-19 in late December before taking office.

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