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Former US GOP Senator Orrin Hatch dies at 88

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Former Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving US senator in Utah history, died in Salt Lake City on Saturday at the age of 88. According to statement by chairman of the Hatch Foundation A. Scott Anderson, “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.”

The cause of death has not been released yet. Hatch served in the chamber for 42 years from 1977 to 2019. Hatch was the chairman emeritus of the Hatch Foundation, which focuses on civic engagement and political discourse and is home to his legislative records.

During his farewell speech in December 2018 he said, “My heart is heavy because it aches for the times when we actually lived up to our reputation as the world's greatest deliberative body. It longs for the days in which Democrats and Republicans would meet on middle ground rather than retreat to partisan trenches.”

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, a Republican, said in a tweet, “This breaks my heart. Abby and I are so grateful for the opportunities we had to spend time with this incredible public servant. He was always so kind and generous with his time and wisdom. Utah mourns with the Hatch family.”

Hatch is survived by his wife, Elaine, and their six children.

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