“Ron and Susan Wright shared a deep and abiding relationship with their Lord and Savior. For that reason, Ron remained stoic in the face of his health challenges and incredibly upbeat about the future of the state and the nation he loved so much,” said Wright’s campaign in a press release.
Wright’s battle with cancer began in 2018, and he first announced he was receiving lung cancer treatments in the summer of 2019.
“Anyone who has gone through chemo knows what it’s like,” Wright said at the time. “There have been days God picked me up and carried me because I didn’t have the strength.”
In September 2020, Wright was hospitalized for a week due to a bout with pneumonia.
On January 21, the congressman announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“As friends, family, and many of his constituents will know, Ron maintained his quick wit and optimism until the very end,” said his campaign.
“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.”
Wright is survived by his wife, Susan, as well as his son Derek; his son Justin and wife Susan; his daughter Rachel and husband Jeff; his brother Gary and wife Janis; nine grandchildren; cousins and extended family.
Wright was born on April 8, 1953, graduated from Azle High School in 1971, and attended the University of Texas at Arlington.
The first thirty years of his career were spent in the private sector in jobs that went from working on his family’s dairy farm to working as a project manager for a cooling tower company in Fort Worth.
From 2000 to 2008, Wright served on the Arlington City Council, acting as the mayor pro tempore for the latter half of his tenure on the body.
He worked as the district director for former U.S. Rep. Joe Barton during his time on the council and then worked as Barton’s chief of staff from 2009 until 2011 when he accepted an appointment to become the tax assessor-collector for Tarrant County.
Wright was elected and reelected to the county position in 2012 and 2016, and then in 2018 when Barton decided against seeking reelection to Congress amidst a personal scandal, Wright ran for the seat.
He won the Republican primary election in 2018 in a runoff election against now-Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Midlothian).
In both the 2018 general election and in his reelection bid last November, Wright won with 53 percent of the vote.
“Wright will be remembered as a constitutional conservative. 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,” said Wright’s campaign.
Shortly before his death, Wright filed several pro-life bills in Congress.
“We ask that everyone give Susan and the entire Wright family and staff time to grieve. Additional information will be available on funeral arrangements and ways to honor Congressman Wright in the days to come.”
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.