Ron Wright (politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Texas's 6th district
January 3, 2019 – February 7, 2021
|Preceded by||Joe Barton|
Ronald Jack Wright
April 8, 1953
Jacksonville, Texas, U.S.
|Died||February 7, 2021 (aged 67)|
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Cause of death||COVID-19 and complications from lung cancer|
|Education||University of Texas at Arlington|
Ronald Jack Wright (April 8, 1953 – February 7, 2021) was an American politician from the state of Texas. A Republican, he represented Texas's 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from January 3, 2019, until his death. The district is anchored in Arlington and southeastern Fort Worth and includes a swath of exurban territory to the south.
After serving on Arlington's city council and as tax assessor-collector for Tarrant County, Wright was elected to the House of Representatives in 2018 and reelected in 2020. He died on February 7, 2021, from COVID-19. Wright had been diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2019.
Early life and education
Ronald Jack Wright was born on April 8, 1953, in Jacksonville, Texas, the son of Peggy Darlene (Powar) and George Willis Wright. He grew up in Azle, Texas, graduating from Azle High School in 1971. He then attended the University of Texas at Arlington for two years, studying history, psychology, and political science.
Before entering politics Wright worked at Ceramic Cooling Tower, Inc. He wrote several op-eds for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in the 1990s, recommending public executions and display of corpses as a deterrent to crimes.
Wright served on the Arlington City Council from 2000 to 2008 and as mayor pro-tem of Arlington from 2004 to 2008. He then served as district director for Congressman Joe Barton from 2000 to 2009. From 2009 to 2011, Wright was Barton's chief of staff. Wright was appointed Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector in 2011, serving until 2018.
In 2018, Wright's office came under scrutiny by KDFW for mistakenly placing a tax lien and bills on the wrong Tarrant County family. In an interview with KDFW's Steve Noviello, Wright repeatedly made false statements about the case.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 2018, Wright ran for the United States House of Representatives in Texas's 6th congressional district to succeed Barton, who had announced that he would not seek reelection after coming to national attention again when sexually explicit photos that he had shared with women surfaced online. Wright finished in first place in the primary election, but did not achieve the 50% majority required to avoid a runoff. He faced Jake Ellzey in the runoff election, and won with 52% of vote. In the general election Wright defeated Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez.
In June 2019, Reproaction, an abortion rights advocacy group, released a video that showed Wright stating women should "absolutely" be punished for performing self-managed abortions, as "they committed murder".
In December 2020, Wright was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on Education and Labor
Health issues and death
On January 21, 2021, Wright announced he had tested positive for COVID-19. After he and his wife were hospitalized in Dallas for two weeks, Wright died from the disease on February 7. As a result, he became the first sitting member of Congress to die from the disease. Fellow Republican Luke Letlow of Louisiana, who had been elected in November 2020 and was also set to serve in the 117th Congress, died before being sworn in.
Lawmakers from both parties eulogized Wright after his death. Sanchez, his Democratic opponent in 2018, said that while she had her differences with Wright, "we both ran for Congress for the same reason: to fight for the people of North Texas. He served with passion while battling cancer and a deadly virus that has claimed far too many lives far too soon."
|Democratic||Jana Lynne Sanchez||116,350||44.4|
|Republican||Ron Wright (incumbent)||55,759||100.0|
|Republican||Ron Wright (incumbent)||179,507||52.8|
- List of United States Congress members who died in office
- Luke Letlow, U.S. Representative–elect from Louisiana who died from COVID-19
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- McPherson, Lindsey (October 31, 2018). "As House Republicans Brace for Losses, Freedom Caucus Prepares for Growth". rollcall.com. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
Potential recruits receiving Freedom Fund money this cycle include Chip Roy in Texas’ 21st District, Yvette Herrell in New Mexico’s 2nd District, Mark Harris in North Carolina’s 9th District, Greg Steube in Florida’s 17th District, Denver Riggleman in Virginia’s 5th District, Mark Green in Tennessee’s 7th District, Russ Fulcher in Idaho’s 1st District, Ron Wright in Texas’ 6th District and Ben Cline in Virginia’s 6th District.
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- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 6th congressional district
|116th||Senate: J. Cornyn • T. Cruz||House: E. B. Johnson • L. Doggett • S. J. Lee • M. Thornberry • K. Brady • K. Granger • M. Burgess • J. Carter • M. Conaway • H. Cuellar • L. Gohmert • A. Green • K. Marchant • M. McCaul • P. Olson • B. Flores • J. Castro • M. Veasey • F. Vela Jr. • R. Weber • R. Williams • B. Babin • W. Hurd • J. Ratcliffe • J. Arrington • V. Gonzalez • M. Cloud • C. Allred • D. Crenshaw • V. Escobar • S. Garcia • L. Gooden • L. Fletcher • C. Roy • V. Taylor • R. Wright|
|117th||Senate: J. Cornyn • T. Cruz||House: E. B. Johnson • L. Doggett • S. J. Lee • K. Brady • K. Granger • P. Sessions • M. Burgess • J. Carter • H. Cuellar • L. Gohmert • A. Green • M. McCaul • J. Castro • M. Veasey • F. Vela Jr. • R. Weber • R. Williams • B. Babin • J. Arrington • V. Gonzalez • M. Cloud • C. Allred • D. Crenshaw • V. Escobar • S. Garcia • L. Gooden • L. Fletcher • C. Roy • V. Taylor • R. Wright • P. Fallon • T. Gonzales • R. Jackson • T. Nehls • A. Pfluger • B. Van Duyne|