The political world reacts to Orrin Hatch’s death: ‘A really great man’

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Reactions to the death of longtime Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, who was the longest-serving senator in Utah’s history, poured in Saturday night.

Sad to hear about my friend Orrin Hatch’s passing / I worked closely with Senator Hatch for 40 years on the judiciary +20 years in the financial field. We had a very good friendship, he has contributed so much to public policy and to the people of Utah Barbara and I send our condolences to his family, “tweeted Republican Senator Chuck Grassley in Iowa.

ORRIN HATCH, LONG-TERM REPUBLICAN SENATOR IN UTAH, DIED AT 88

April 23, 2016: Sen.  Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks during the Utah Republican Party 2016 nomination meeting in Salt Lake City.

April 23, 2016: Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks during the Utah Republican Party 2016 nomination meeting in Salt Lake City.
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“Crushed to hear about the loss of Senator Orrin Hatch. He was a beloved friend,” tweeted RNC President Ronna McDaniel. “I met my husband while working for the senator. We will miss him very much. He was a statesman who represented the best our country has to offer. Please pray for his family.”

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“A really great man and public servant,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wrote on Twitter. “This was very sad news.”

In this photo on February 11, Senator Orrin Hatch is speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

In this photo on February 11, Senator Orrin Hatch is speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
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“So sad to hear of Orrin Hatch’s death,” former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake tweeted. “His ability to reach across the aisle defined his career and his character. He will be missed.”

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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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Utah Senator Mike Lee, a Republican, issued a lengthy statement about Hatch’s passing, calling him a “pillar of Utah” and a “radiant mind.”

Hatch’s foundation announced his death Saturday night, saying he died surrounded by his family.

The press release did not specify a cause of death.

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

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