Orrin Hatch, a seven-time senator and a Republican force, dies at the age of 88

During the opioid crisis of 2015, he introduced a bill to narrow the authorities’ authority to stop the marketing of drugs from predatory pharmaceutical companies. It was later revealed that he had received $ 2.3 million in donations from the pharmaceutical industry over 25 years.

But there were no political consequences. The senator was re-elected in 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006 and 2012, with an average of nearly 65 percent of the vote.

Orrin Grant Hatch was born in Homestead Park, Pa., Near Pittsburgh, on March 22, 1934, the sixth of nine children of Jesse and Helen (Kamm) Hatch. His parents were Mormons who had moved from Utah in the 1920s to find work. After losing their home in the Depression, Jesse borrowed $ 100 to buy a plot of land in the hills above Pittsburgh and built a house of black timber saved from a fire.

Two of Orrin’s siblings died as children. He was deeply affected by the loss of his brother, Jesse, a sniper from World War II Army Air Forces, who was killed when his B-24 was shot down in a bombing raid on Europe in 1945.

At Baldwin High School, Orrin was captain of the basketball team and chairman of the student body. He took two years off from missionary work, missioned in Ohio, and graduated in 1955. He then moved to Utah and worked as a union lathe to pay his way through Brigham Young University.

In 1957 he married Elaine Hansen. They had six children: Brent, Marcia, Scott, Kimberly, Alysa and Jess. Complete details of his survivors were not immediately available.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in history from BYU in 1959, Mr. Hatch studied law at the University of Pittsburgh with a full scholarship and received his law degree in 1962. He joined a Pittsburgh law firm, but moved in 1969 to Salt Lake City to open his own practice. He represented private clients in tax, contract and personal injury cases and companies fighting federal rules.

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