Utah’s longest senator, Orrin Hatch, dies at age 88

Former Utah senator Orrin Hatch, the longest Republican senator in US history, died Saturday at the age of 88.

Executive Director of Matt Sandgren, Hatch FoundationHatch said he anthropomorphized the American dream.

“Born as a carpenter and the son of plaster foam, he overcame poverty in his youth and became a member of the US Senate. His upbringing hardships have always been fresh and he has expanded the freedom and opportunities of others. It was his life’s mission to do, and the results speak for themselves. “

Hatch was first elected in 1976 and served in the Senate for 42 years before retiring after the seventh term of 2019.

From taxes and trade to religious freedom and health care, few lawmakers have had as much impact on American life as Hatch, Sandgren said.

“He has made a big difference in the lives of the people he served, including members who helped with 40 years of casework, hundreds of internships sponsored by both Utah and DC, or a strong network of ongoing hatch staff. It had a positive impact. His legacy to date, “he said.

Scott Anderson, Chairman Hatch Foundation, Described the Senator as a person of wisdom, kindness, personality, and compassion. “It was all that the US Senator had to do,” Hatch said.

According to Anderson, Hatch exemplifies a generation of lawmakers raised on the principles of communism and compromise, and said he embodied those principles more than anyone else.

“In a divided country, Orrin Hatch helped show us a better way by building meaningful friendships on both sides of the aisle. Today, it’s better to follow his example than ever before. Let’s do it, “he said.

Prior to being elected to the Senate in 1976, Senator Hatch was not in public office.

A political outsider, he raced as a Republican-nominated dark horse to oppose the third-term incumbent Democrat Frank E. Moss and ran for the last day possible.

His campaign was based on the guiding principles of small government, tax control and the integrity of public services. He subsequently defeated Senator Moss. Senator Moss, with 54% of the votes, said he couldn’t lose.

The hatch was dubbed by others, recognized by the National Taxpayers Union for his financial responsibilities. “Free Enterprise”, “Guardian of Small Business”, “Mr. Constitution.”

He chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, is the second Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee, and is a member of the Senate Election Committee, the Indian Affairs Committee, the Aging Special Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. bottom. Committee.

Hatch is also honored to serve on the board of directors of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

He holds five honorary doctorates from law schools and universities.

Operations Kids awarded Senator Hatch the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Celebrities such as Donny Osmond, Larry King, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steve Young praised him at the Gala event for his awards.

Born March 22, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his great-grandfather, Jeremiah Hatch, founded the town of Bernal, Utah in 1878.

At a height of 6 feet 2 inches, sports were a big part of his young life, playing basketball and boxing. He was the captain of a high school basketball team and turned down college scholarships to the east in support of joining BYU. In Y, his in-wall basketball team won the highest school honor.

Hatch was also passionate about music. He learned to play the piano, organ and violin.

From time to time, he was called “US Senator of Songwriting and Composition.” Recorded by Jaci Velasquez, he was selected for the Christian pop music compilation WOW Hits 2005, sold over a million copies, and won Hatch’s first gold and platinum album, Unspoken. Co-authored.

“Some people who haven’t heard my music can’t imagine how a senator can write music. They just write it down as a gimmick, but it’s a gimmick. I don’t think he’s saying that, “he told Dezalet News in 2006.

He wrote “Unspoken” with Madeline Stone and Toby Gad.

At high school in Pittsburgh, he was elected student council president and later elected student council president.

When he was young, Hatch was a member who, like his father, learned the trade in metal lathes and had an AFL-CIO card. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in history in 1959.

He was awarded a full honorary scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh Law School. As a law student, he worked as a janitor, metal foam, and a gas station clerk at night, as well as an all-night desk clerk in a women’s dormitory. In 1962 he received his PhD in Law and graduated in his honor.

After earning a law degree, Senator Hatch was a lawyer, first in Pennsylvania and then in Utah, until he was elected to the US Senate in 1976.

Hatch embarked on a mission to The Great Lakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1954. He later served as the 10th Ward Bishop of East Milk Creek and also participated in the Stake High Council. He was also a guide to Temple Square in Salt Lake.

He married former Elaine Hansen in Newton, Cash County on August 28, 1957. The two met in a BYU astronomy class. They have 6 children.

https://www./2022/4/23/23039116/orrin-hatch-dead-longest-serving-senator-utah-republican-politics Utah’s longest senator, Orrin Hatch, dies at age 88

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