Orrin Hatch, longest-serving Republican U.S. senator, passes away at 88

Orrin Hatch, longest-serving Republican U.S. senator, dies at 88

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Former Utah Senator Orrin G. Hatch died on April 23, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by household. He was 88 years of ages.

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Orrin G. Hatch, the longtime Republican senator from Utah, passed away Saturday in Salt Lake City at the age of 88, the Hatch Foundation revealed.

Hatch, who retired in 2019 at the end of his last term, served in the Senate for 42 years, making him the longest-serving Republican U.S. senator.

“Senator Orrin G. Hatch personified the American Dream,” Matt Sandgren, executive director of the Hatch Foundation, stated in a declaration. “Born the son of a carpenter and plaster lather, he overcame the poverty of his youth to become a United States Senator.”

Hatch was likewise the longest-serving U.S. senator in Utah history. He was very first chosen in 1976 and revealed his retirement in January 2018.

He described his past as an amateur fighter in making the statement, stating in a video: “Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me that time is soon approaching.”

Hatch was born in Homestead Park, Pennsylvania, in 1934.

Raised in what he’s called “a ramshackle house” throughout the Great Depression, Hatch went on to work as chairman of 3 various Senate committees and put his stamp on significant pieces of legislation throughout the policy spectrum.

Hatch finished from Brigham Young University in 1959 with a bachelor’s in history, and in 1969 relocated to Utah.

He is endured by his better half, Elaine, and their 6 kids. Funeral plans will be revealed at a later date, the Hatch Foundation stated.

UtahGov Spencer Cox tweeted that “Utah mourns with the Hatch family.”

“This breaks my heart. Abby and I are so grateful for the opportunities we had to spend time with this incredible public servant. He was always so kind and generous with his time and wisdom,” Cox, a Republican, composed.