It’s official: Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, has announced his intention to retire at the end of his current term. After winning seven electoral contests for the Senate since his first in 1976, he says won’t be standing for re-election this year.
Over four decades, he has authored more bills that have become law than any legislator alive today. Much of his visibility in recent days has been as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is bound to keep him busy this year at a time of investigations-of-investigations. He also played a huge role in recent months in the passing of Trump’s tax legislation. So he’ll be going out on a high note, but as he said In a statement that gave loving credit to his wife Elaine, “Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves.”
As the country seemed to be getting more and more divided, he maintained a reputation as someone who could lead in a bi-partisan way to get things done. On the very day when Sen. Al Franken is expected to officially resign because of allegations of sexual misconduct, it’s refreshing to witness the classy exit of someone who has given many years of public service.
Behind the scenes, there’s been much speculation about whether Sen. Hatch would be retiring, and also about who might vie for his position on the 2018 Republican ticket of such a solidly red state. Would you believe...Mitt Romney? Yes, that’s the buzz. After the denigrating comments Romney has made about President Trump, one has to wonder what Trump will be tweeting about THAT.
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