The Republican Party lost one of its greats this week.
According to The Hill, retired Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) passed away at the age of 88. The late senator died at his Salt Lake City home, according to a statement released by his foundation.
The Hatch Foundation didn’t release any further detail on how he died.
Hatch’s legacy as a dedicated public servant was cemented over a long and impressive career in the U.S. Senate. He served a total of 42 years as a senator from Utah, from 1977 until 2019. From 2015-2019, Hatch served as president pro tempore of the Senate.
The American Dream
Matt Sandgren, executive director of the Hatch Foundation, explained in the statement that the late senator was the epitome of the American Dream, given his roots and upbringing.
“Born the son of a carpenter and plaster lather, he overcame the poverty of his youth to become a United States Senator,” Sandgren wrote.
He added: “With the hardships of his upbringing always fresh in his mind, he made it his life’s mission to expand freedom and opportunity for others—and the results speak for themselves. From tax and trade to religious liberty and healthcare, few legislators have had a greater impact on American life than Orrin Hatch.”
In addition to his astonishing 42 years in the upper chamber, Hatch “chaired several key Senate committees, including the Judiciary Committee, Finance Committee and what is now known as the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,” The Hill noted.
He’s also credited with “having passed more legislation into law than any other Senator alive,” the Hatch Foundation added.
Outpouring of support
Hatch was not short on tributes Sunday morning across social media. Virtually every high-profile Republican in existence paid respect to the late, great Sen. Hatch.
Sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Senator Orrin Hatch. A man of great integrity who got what was going on in 2016 and became an unlikely ally & mentor, bringing some much needed perspective to a political neophyte like me. pic.twitter.com/QhyGcGmjER
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 24, 2022
Clearly, Sen. Hatch touched countless lives during his time working in the Senate. He will certainly never be forgotten, as his impact on this nation is far too great.