Texas Republican congressman Ron Wright dies from COVID-19
Photo: campaign website

Fox News reported Monday morning that Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX) has died after battling COVID-19.

Wright took over the seat in 2019 after former Rep. Joe Barton retired. Wright, who battled lung cancer last fall, also was hospitalized with pneumonia in September.

"Upon his recovery from pneumonia, Congressman Wright will resume his duties in Washington and his treatment for cancer," said a press release from his office.

The Dallas Morning News reported a statement from Wright's office saying:

"Congressman 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. As friends, family, and many of his constituents will know, Ron maintained his quick wit and optimism until the very end. 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 was 67 years old.