Former Republican Senator Orrin G. Hatch — the longest-serving senator in Utah history after 42 years of public service — died Saturday at the age of 88. He leaves behind a wife Elaine and six children.
On Saturday the Hatch Foundation announced, “Senator Hatch died on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. in Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by his family.”
Hatch, who had served as a Senator since 1977, retired in January 2019.
The Hatch Foundation noted, “Upon retirement, Senator Hatch had the distinction of having enacted more legislation than any living Senator,” adding that he sponsored or co-sponsored over 750 bills that were signed into law .
“Beyond the sheer volume of his legislative accomplishments, Hatch authored or co-authored many of the most momentous laws of the last half century, including: the Restoration of Religious Liberty Act, which helps protect the freedom of worship for all Americans; the drug price competition and Patent Term Restoration Act (aka Hatch-Waxman) that created the modern generic drug industry; the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (or SCHIP), which provides health care for uninsured children from low-income families who are not eligible for Medicaid; and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities,” the Hatch Foundation said .
“Orrin G. Hatch was a man of wisdom, kindness, character and compassion. He was everything a United States Senator should be,” said A. Scott Anderson – Chairman of the Hatch Foundation. “He exemplified a generation of lawmakers raised on the principles of compassion and compromise, and he embodied those principles better than anyone. In a divided nation, Orrin Hatch has helped show us a better way by forging meaningful friendships on both sides of the aisle. “
“Senator Orrin G. Hatch embodied the American dream,” said Matt Sandgren, executive director of the Hatch Foundation. “Born to a carpenter and plasterer’s son, he overcame the poverty of his youth to become a United States Senator. With the hardships of his upbringing fresh in his mind, he made it his life’s work to expand freedom and opportunity for others – and the results speak for themselves. From taxes and trade to freedom of religion and healthcare, few legislators have had a greater impact on American life than Orrin Hatch. He has had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of those he served, whether it be the constituents he has helped over four decades of casework, the hundreds of interns he has sponsored in both Utah and DC, or the robust network of Hatch employees who carry on his legacy to this day. Senator Hatch has touched the hearts of countless people, and I know I speak for all of them when I say he is greatly missed.”
Details of Hatch’s funeral will be released in the coming days.
More details on Orinn Hatch’s death will be updated as they become available.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/utah-senator-orin-hatch-dead Utah Senator Orrin Hatch has died at the age of 88