Senator Orrin Hatch Passed Away at 88, His Foundation Stated
We were informed on April 24, 2022, that the Republican senator, and fixture in Utah politics, Orrin Hatch has passed away at 88. His foundation confirmed this tragic news without specifying a cause.
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Born on March 22, 1934, the attorney and politician had served as the United States Senator from Utah for over 40 years. Hatch’s 42-year Senate tenure made him the longest-serving Republican U.S. senator in history.
Mr. Hatch also served as a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. From 2015 to 2019, he was chair of the Senate Finance Committee, leading efforts to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Hatch attended Brigham Young University to earn a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1959. Almost three years later, he received a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
He moved to Utah in 1969 to work as an attorney in Pittsburgh, where he continued to practice law. Following anti-terrorism, Mr. Hatch was the leading figure behind the senate’s anti-terrorism bill in 1995, to a large extent a response to the Oklahoma City Bombing.
In his defiance, this bipartisan bill will help defeat terrorism and keep America safe. He strongly believed that the legislation is not perfect, but it ensures that the increased expansion of the judiciary into foreign intelligence gathering doesn’t unnecessarily hamper our intelligence community.
For any fiscal year not exceeding total receipts, Mr. Hatch had been a longtime advocate of amending the United States Constitution to require that total spending of the federal government.
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Orrin Hatch Passed Away, World Mourns
Senator Orrin Hatch passed away on Saturday. It’s not clear if any disease or health issues were the cause. The New York Times announced: “Breaking News: Senator Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who crusaded for right-wing causes in a seven-term career, has died. He was 88.”
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: “Sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Senator Orrin Hatch. A man of great integrity who got what was going on in 2016 and became an unlikely ally & mentor, bringing some much-needed perspective to a political neophyte like me.”
Greta Van Susteren wrote: “(Hatch, a Republican, told me that he was very close to Kennedy, a Democrat..those were the days when the two sides talked to each other ) Former U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, of Utah, dies at age 88.”
One tweeted: “A conservative on most economic and social issues, Hatch nonetheless teamed with Democrats several times during his long career on issues ranging from stem cell research to rights for people with disabilities to expanding children’s health insurance.”
Sarah Kendzior shared: “All the talk of Orrin Hatch blocking labor laws and women’s rights laws neglects his seminal role in the massive BCCI international banking crime ring. Let’s keep those obits fair and balanced!”
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Orrin Hatch’s Retirement
Mr. Hatch retired in 2019. At that point, he was noted for his side career as a singer and recording artist of music with themes of his religious faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine, with whom he shares six children. Hatch made illegally downloading music a prosecutable crime and helped usher through legislation toughening child pornography laws.
Mrs. Elaine is a Brigham Young University alum and the Utah college where she first met Mr. Orrin. According to Desert News, the lovely couple met during an astronomy class. After Orrin returned from a two-year mission to Ohio and Indiana, the two went on to tie the knot in 1957.
Senator was considered as one of Thomas’s most vocal defenders against sexual harassment allegations from law professor Anita Hill in 199. He suggested that Hill stole details from the book after reading aloud at the confirmation hearings from “The Exorcist.”
He always made a point to quickly become friends with those he had arguments with as he considered himself a person who is unafraid to fight politically. Hatch was used to playing tough. In order to fend off the attacks of older, larger students, he learned to box as a child in Pittsburgh.
Senator said; “every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves, ” at the time he announced he would not seek re-election in 2018.
Mr. Hatch who was a former bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ran for his first public office in 1976 after he moved to Utah in the early 1970s, and narrowly upset Democratic senator Frank Moss.