Former Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah has passed away at the age of 88, according to The Hatch Foundation. Hatch was the longest-serving senator in the history of the United States, according to Breitbart News‘ report on his passing.
Hatch Foundation Chairman A. Scott Anderson said:
A man of wisdom, kindness, character, and compassion, Orrin G. Hatch was everything a United States Senator should be. He exemplified a generation of lawmakers brought up on the principles of comity and compromise, and he embodied those principles better than anyone.
In a nation divided, Orrin Hatch helped show us a better way by forging meaningful friendships on both sides of the aisle. Today, more than ever, we would do well to follow his example. May we honor Orrin’s memory by living as he lived—committed to our country, to our principles, and to each other.
Hatch was elected to the Senate in 1976 and served until January 2018, making his career a record-breaking achievement for the senator from Utah.
During his time in office, Hatch sponsored or co-sponsored 750 bills, which is the most billed to be signed into law of any U.S. Senator in history, according to the Hatch Foundation.
Hatch was also the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and was instrumental in getting the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed through Congress. Former President Donald Trump awarded the senator the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2018 upon his retirement from the upper chamber of Congress.
Trump also extended his condolences to Hatch’s family in a statement.
I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family of the great Senator Orrin Hatch, his wife Elaine, and his six children. Orrin was a true warrior for our Country, for liberty, and for his beloved state of Utah. He was as wise as he was kind, and as tough as he was smart—he loved America and his contributions to our Country were tremendous. His legacy will surely live on through the many lives he impacted. May God bless Orrin Hatch.
Hatch is survived by his wife, six children, and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.