Former Sen. Orrin Hatch, One of Our Most Respected, Longest Serving Senators, Has Died – Opinion

A press release by the Orrin-Hatch Foundation reports that former Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hasch has passed away at the age of 88. His family was there to support him as he went.

During his tenure, Hatch was a respected senator. He was the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the longest-serving Senator in Utah history, serving from 1977-2019 — 42 years.

He served during the administrations of seven Presidents—four Republicans and three Democrats—and alongside nine Senate Majority Leaders—four Democrats and five Republicans. At the end of his term in January 2019, Senator Hatch was the ninth-longest-serving US Senator in American history.

After his retirement, Senator Hatch was the only Senator to have passed more laws into law than any other senator. Hatch was known for being a tireless worker and achieving a high level of bipartisanship. He sponsored more than 750 bills, many of which he cosponsored.

“Senator Orrin G. Hatch personified the American Dream,” Matt Sandgren, the Executive Director of the Hatch Foundation said.

“Born the son of a carpenter and plaster lather, he overcame the poverty of his youth to become a United States Senator. With the hardships of his upbringing always fresh in his mind, he made it his life’s mission to expand freedom and opportunity for others—and the results speak for themselves.

Orrin Hitchch is one of the most influential legislators in America, affecting everything from healthcare to tax and trade. Orrin Hatch was an incredibly positive influence on the lives and livelihoods of the people he served. This included the constituents he worked with over forty decades, hundreds of interns in Utah, DC, as well as the network of Hatch staffers that continue his legacy.

Senator Hatch touched the hearts of countless individuals, and I know I speak for all of them when I say he will be dearly missed.”

His humor was one of his most distinctive qualities. Even in his last year of office, he was able to fire up some left-leaning protesters by telling them the truth.

RIP, sir. Thank you for a life well lived. Our condolences go out to your loved ones. Your hard work, and your humor are greatly appreciated.

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