TEXAS — U.S. Representative, Ron Wright, of the 6th Congressional District, has passed away.
As reported by the Texas Tribune, Wright had lived with cancer for years and was diagnosed with COVID-19 back in Jan. Wright was 67.
The 6th Congressional District includes Arlington and other parts of Tarrant County; this area also stretches into the rural areas south of North Texas, including Waxahachie and Corsicana.
Gov. Greg Abbott will call a special election to fill Wright's seat. Under Texas law, Governor Abbott can schedule the election for the next uniform election date, May 1, or earlier under certain circumstances.
As the GOP plans ahead, several notable Republican leaders, including Governor Abbott, took to social media to express their condolences.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of U.S. Rep. Ron Wright. Ron was a principled leader who fought to preserve Texas values and was an exemplary representative of his district. His personal strength and commitment to standing up for the unborn were unwavering. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy for future generations of Texans. Cecilia and I send our prayers to Ron's wife, Susan, his family, and loved ones.” wrote Texas Governor Abbott in an official statement.
"Congress lost a wonderful man and a servant leader last night. My prayers are with Susan and the entire Wright family. Ron Wright was a wonderful example to us all in his dedication and heart for our country and will be deeply missed. God speed, my friend." wrote Republican Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne of Texas's 24th Congressional District, via Twitter.
"Ron Wright was a fighter who passionately served his constituents, Texas, and America. As a member of the Arlington City Council, as a Congressional staffer, and as a Member of Congress, he led with principle, integrity, and thoughtfulness." expressed House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.
As reported by NPR, more than 50 members of Congress and 360 Capitol Hill workers have tested positive or were presumed so, for COVID-19. Wright is the first sitting member of Congress to die after being diagnosed with the novel virus.
Wright is survived by his wife, Susan, their three children, and nine grandchildren.