Texas Congressman’s wife who died of COVID-19 wins the second round seat for her late husband’s seat
Texas Congressman’s wife who died of COVID-19 won a seat for her late husband’s seat
- The Republican Representative from Texas. Ron Wright became the first congressman to die of COVID-19 in February 2021
- Wright died at the age of 67 after battling lung cancer and was hospitalized in September 2020 for complications with the disease
- His widow Susan was backed by Donald Trump and leads a crowded field of 23 candidates whose votes are still counting
- She will proceed to a seat drain. No date has yet been set
Texas Republican Susan Wright, the widow of the first member of Congress to die after contracting COVID-19, secured a place in a run-off of the US home for her late husband’s seat Saturday night.
With votes still counted, Wright led with over 18% of the vote in Texas’s 6th Congressional District.
Right behind were Republican Jake Ellzey and Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez for the other runoff spot.
Wright, a GOP activist, went on to support President Donald Trump, who waited until this week to formally approve in a crowded field of 23 candidates.
Susan Wright’s late husband, Rep. Ron Wright, died in February after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 67 and also fought lung cancer.
Susan Wright, center, on the April campaign trail for the seat of the U.S. Congressional House, released by her husband Ron, who died of COVID in February
Susan Wright was on her husband’s side when he was sworn in on January 4, 2021 by Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the Republican House.
Ron Wright, who died of COVID in February, had a ‘great work ethic’ and ‘commitment to conservative values’
The date of the removal has not yet been announced.
The North Texas district encompasses the thriving corridor between Dallas and Fort Worth, and it has long been a safe Republican territory.
But Trump saw his support there drop in last year’s election as well, dropping the district by just three points – a sharp drop from his double-digit advantage there in 2016.
Ten Democrats in the running had hoped this was a sign of an opening in the special election.
But the race drew little investment from Democrats nationally after their huge expectations for Texas in 2020 failed.
Ron Wright was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2018, where he held the seat of outgoing Deputy Joe Barton, and ran for re-election in 2020, despite his cancer diagnosis.
After his death, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle paid tribute to his “great work ethic and his commitment to conservative values.”
President Joe Biden also made a statement praising Ron Wright.
“He was also a fighter who bravely fought against both cancer and COVID-19, diseases that our nation will tirelessly try to defeat every day in memory of all those we have lost,” the statement said.
The Wrights had three children and nine grandchildren.