Orrin Hatch, longtime Utah Republican senator, useless at 88

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Former Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch has died on the age of 88, in response to a launch from his basis. 

“The Hatch Foundation sadly announces the passing of Senator Orrin G. Hatch—the former President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate and the longest-serving Senator in Utah history (1977-2019),” the Hatch Basis tweeted on Saturday night time.

Feb. 2, 2011: Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Feb. 2, 2011: Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.
(AP)

Hatch was the longest serving senator in Utah historical past when he retired after serving 42 years in Congress.

Hatch’s basis mentioned within the press launch that Hatch handed away at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah surrounded by his household.

Robert Garff, left, greets U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, during the UTGOP election night party in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. 

Robert Garff, left, greets U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, through the UTGOP election night time social gathering in Salt Lake Metropolis on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. 
((Ravell Name/The Deseret Information by way of AP))

“Senator Orrin G. Hatch personified the American Dream,” mentioned Matt Sandgren, Govt Director of the Hatch Basis. “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.”

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Sandgren continued, “From tax and trade to religious liberty and healthcare, few legislators have had a greater impact on American life than Orrin Hatch. He was a profoundly positive influence in the lives of those he served, whether they were the constituents he helped over four decades of casework, the hundreds of interns he sponsored in both Utah and DC, or the robust network of Hatch staffers who carry on his legacy to this day. 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.” 

Hatch is survived by his spouse, Elaine, and their six kids.

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