Sen. Orrin Hatch: ‘Privilege of My Life’ To Represent Utah for 42 Years

Nov 6, 2018, 9:26 PM | Updated: 9:39 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Senator Orin Hatch was honored at an Election night party in celebration of his 42 years of service.

“I’m so grateful for all of you,” Hatch said. “It’s been the privilege of my life to represent this great state for 42 years, and I gave it everything I have.”

Hatch, 84, announced in January 2018 that he would not seek re-election. He’s the longest serving Republican Senator in U.S. history.

In Tuesday night’s speech, he thanked Republicans he has worked with in Washington.

“And I’m very grateful for the many people who have served with me back there, all the way through from Ronald Reagan right on through to George Bush, you go right down the line, to our current President who is a very, very strong president of the United States.”

Hatch was first elected to the Senate in 1976, after convincing voters the three-term Democratic incumbent had served too long.

Hatch cites his accomplishments during more than four decades in the Senate, including authoring more bills that have become law than any living member of Congress.

Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch

He said he has played a central role in major legislation and in the confirmation of every current member of the U.S. Supreme Court, but one of his proudest achievements is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

During his speech Election night, he said he appreciates those who supported him through the years and those who didn’t.

“I’m so grateful to have represented you all these years. My life’s not over, I’m going to keep going.”

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