WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, an Arlington Republican, has died.
The news was announced Monday by his campaign staff. Wright had lived for years with cancer and was diagnosed with COVID-19 in January. He was 67.
"His wife Susan was by his side and he is now in the presence of their Lord and Savior," the statement said. "Over the past few years, Congressman Wright had kept a rigorous work schedule on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and at home in Texas’ Congressional District 6 while being treated for cancer. For the previous two weeks, Ron and Susan had been admitted to Baylor Hospital in Dallas after contracting COVID-19."
Wright was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2018, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He was previously hospitalized in mid-September.
Wright was in his second term in the U.S. House, but he was no stranger to Congress or local politics. A fan of bow ties, Wright was a fixture in the Tarrant County political scene. In the late 1990s, Wright was a columnist for the Star-Telegram. In 2000, he shifted to the political arena to serve as former U.S. Rep. Joe Barton’s district director and as an at-large member of the Arlington City Council through 2008. From 2004 until 2008, Wright held the post of mayor pro tempore.
From 2009 until 2011, Wright managed Barton’s team as his chief of staff. He left Barton’s office in May of that year to become the Tarrant County tax assessor-collector.
The 6th Congressional District encompasses Arlington and other parts of Tarrant County and stretches into the rural areas south of North Texas, including Waxahachie and Corsicana.
The district is historically Republican, but Democrats made some effort to challenge the district in the last two cycles. Even so, Wright won reelection by a nine-percentage-point margin in 2020.
Wright is survived by his wife, Susan, their three children and nine grandchildren.
"Congressman Wright will be remembered as a constitutional conservative," the statement said. "He was a statesman, not an ideologue. Ron and Susan dedicated their lives to fighting for individual freedom, Texas values, and above all, the lives of the unborn."
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/08/texas-ron-wright-dies/.
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