Former Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch has died in the state of Maine today at the age of 88.
The longest-serving GOP senator in American history and at one point third in the presidential order, Hatch represented Utah from the first year of Jimmy Carter’s solitary term to the second year of Donald Trump’s only term in the White House. “Senator Hatch died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by family,” a statement from the Hatch Foundation said today.
A fierce party politician for conservative affairs and the recipient of the president’s medal of freedom from the formerCelebrity apprentice host in 2018, Hatch dived into the film and television industry on both sides of the camera.
After appearing in an episode from 1993 of Murphy Brown, Parks and recreation and Steven Soderbergh’s 200 films Traffic like himself, hardcore copyright enforcer Hatch also contributed songs to the 2001 soundtracks Rat race and the 2004s Ocean’s Twelve. During his long tenure in the Senate, including when he served as president pro tempore of the Senate from 2015, Hatch, born in Homestead, Pennsylvania and in the LDS Church, recorded a number of songs and albums.
On the back, Frank Zappa’s 1988 album Guitar had an instrumental song called “Orrin Hatch On Skis” on it.
After working relentlessly for various Republican POYUSs to ensure that the current extremely conservative majority in the Supreme Court and women’s reproductive rights were curtailed, Brigham Young University withdrew from the Senate from a humble beginning in January 2019. Today, the man paid , who succeeds Hatch in his seat. respect for his predecessor via social media:
– Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) April 24, 2022
In addition to eliciting praise from people like former VP Mike Pence, Hatch also garnered tribute from the other side of the aisle:
Sad news to hear about the death of Senator Orrin Hatch, who served our nation in the Senate for 42 years. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers.
– Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) April 24, 2022
There has been no statement yet from the White House and Hatch’s longtime Senate colleague Joe Biden, but it will definitely come tomorrow.