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Texas Rep. Ron Wright Dies at 67, First Sitting Congress Member to Die from COVID-19

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Texas Rep. Ron Wright is the first sitting member of Congress to die of COVID-19 after contracting the virus last month.

The 67-year-old congressman died on Sunday, according to a statement his office released Monday.

Wright announced his COVID-19 diagnosis on January 21. In a statement from his office later that day, the congressman said he was “experiencing minor symptoms” and was working from home while in quarantine. Wright said he came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 the week before he learned of his own positive diagnosis.

Rep. Ron Wright Capitol building
Rep. Ron Wright became the first sitting member of Congress to die of COVID-19 on Sunday. In the photo above, the exterior of the U.S. Capitol building is seen at sunrise on February 8, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
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Wright was first elected to represent Texas’ 6th District in 2018 and won re-election last November.

Though Wright is the first sitting member of congress to die of COVID-19, a congressman-elect died in December after contracting the virus before he was sworn into office. Luke Letlow was to represent Louisiana in the House of Representatives but died at age 41 after contracting COVID-19 in mid-December.

Newsweek reached out to Wright’s office for comment and will update this article with any response.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Originally published at https://www.newsweek.com/texas-rep-ron-wright-dies-67-first-sitting-congress-member-die-covid-19-1567651 on .

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