Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Rest in Peace

 

Senator Orrin G. Hatch, the former President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate and the longest-serving Senator in Utah history died today. It was announced late Saturday by his public policy organization, the Hatch Foundation. He was 88 years old.

A member of the Senate for 42 years, Hatch served during the administrations of seven Presidents. At the end of his term in January 2019, he was the ninth-longest-serving US Senator in American history.

Upon his retirement, Senator Hatch held the distinction of having passed more legislation into law than any other Senator alive. In total, he sponsored or cosponsored more than 750 bills that became law.

Senator Hatch is survived by his wife, Elaine, and their six children.

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  1. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
    Eustace C. Scrubb
    @EustaceCScrubb

    He did many far more important things, but he was also very funny on Twitter.

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  2. Hoyacon Member
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    Thanks Jon.  Nobody agrees with someone all of the time, but would they all be like Sen. Hatch.

    RIP.

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  3. Steven Seward Member
    Steven Seward
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    R.I.P Orrin Hatch.  I respect him, but I don’t like the idea of anybody serving four decades in Congress.  I don’t even like four terms in Congress.  We need more people who have been in private enterprise serving, and then going back into the private sector after one or two terms.  I don’t like a permanent ruling class.

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  4. cdor Member
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    R.I.P Orrin Hatch. I respect him, but I don’t like the idea of anybody serving four decades in Congress. I don’t even like four terms in Congress. We need more people who have been in private enterprise serving, and then going back into the private sector after one or two terms. I don’t like a permanent ruling class.

    I don’t like it either, but right now it’s time to say thank you Orrin Hatch for your service to our country and rest in peace.

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  5. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Orrin Hatch’s work as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee was very important to hold the line against the worst judges during Democrat Administrations and to support Republican Judges.  Rest in Peace.

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