Politicians, leaders pay tribute to longtime GOP Senator Orrin Hatch

As news of the death of longtime GOP Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah broke Saturday night, condolences and tributes poured in from around the political world.

Hatch, 88, died at 5:30 p.m. in Salt Lake City surrounded by his family, the Hatch Foundation said.

Former President Donald Trump issued a statement offering his condolences, which was shared by Jenna Ellis on Twitter.

“Orrin was a true warrior for our country, for liberty, and for his beloved state of Utah,” Trump said. “He was as wise as he was kind, and as tough as he was clever – he loved America and his contribution to our country was enormous. His legacy will surely live on through the many lives he has impacted. May God bless Orrin Hatch.”

Orrin Hatch Medal of Freedom
Politicians and leaders pay tribute to former Senator Orrin Hatch, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 88. Above, President Donald Trump presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Hatch on November 16, 2018 at the White House in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via GETTY IMAGES

Former Vice President Mike Pence said he and his wife Karen were “saddened” to hear of his death, calling him “a true statesman who represented the best of UT and America.” As the longest-serving Republican Senator in history, he dedicated decades of his life to public service and we will always be grateful to him for his leadership,” Pence wrote on Twitter.

US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota described Hatch as “friendly”.

“Senator Hatch was nice to me and we worked well together,” she wrote on Twitter. “There were many differences including party, size, age… you name it… but somehow we always looked for common ground. Prayers for his family today.”

US Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said he was also saddened by the news.

“Sad to learn of the death of my friend Orrin Hatch / I worked closely with Senator Hatch at the Justice Department for 40 years + 20 years at the Treasury Department. We had a very good friendship, he contributed so much to public order and the people of Utah Barbara and I send our condolences to his family.”

“His ability to walk the aisle defined his career and his character,” Jeff Flake, US Ambassador to Turkey, said on Twitter. “He will be missed.”

“Orrin Hatch, one of the first politicians to take the time to listen to a child about school safety despite his busy schedule…rest in peace,” school safety advocate JT Lewis said on Twitter.

US Congressman Michael Burgess, MD, of Texas, tweeted that Hatch was “an advocate for American taxpayers.”

“I am saddened to learn of the death of Senator Orrin Hatch. Senator Hatch, an advocate for American taxpayers, fought for fiscal responsibility. My thoughts are with Elaine and her beloved family. #RIP.”

The foundation did not provide any information on the cause of death.

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Rick Schindler

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