Orrin Hatch, a longtime Republican senator in Utah, died at the age of 88

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Former Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch has died at the age of 88, according to a statement from his foundation.

“Unfortunately, The Hatch Foundation announces the death of Senator Orrin G. Hatch – the former president of the U.S. Senate Pro Tempore and the longest-serving senator in Utah history (1977-2019),” the Hatch Foundation tweeted Saturday night.

February 2, 2011: Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks at Capitol Hill in Washington.

February 2, 2011: Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks at Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Hatch was the longest-serving senator in Utah history when he retired after 42 years in Congress.

The Hatch Foundation said in the press release that Hatch died at. 17.30 Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah surrounded by his family.

Robert Garff, left, greets U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, during the UTGOP election night party in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Robert Garff, left, greets U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, during the UTGOP election night party in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
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“Senator Orrin G. Hatch personified the American dream,” said Matt Sandgren, CEO of the Hatch Foundation. “Born as the son of a carpenter and plasterer, he overcame the poverty of his youth to become a senator in the United States. self.”

Sandgren continued, “From tax and trade to religious freedom and health care, few lawmakers have had a greater impact on American life than Orrin Hatch. He was a deeply positive impact on the lives of those he served, whether those were the components he helped with four decades of case management, the hundreds of interns he sponsored in both Utah and DC, or the robust network of Hatch staff that continues his legacy to this day.Senator Hatch touched the hearts of countless individuals, and I know that I speak for all of them when I say that he will be greatly missed. ”

Hatch leaves behind his wife, Elaine, and their six children.

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