Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, reiterated Friday that he still plans on running for re-election in 2018, but said his wife’s unease is giving him “pause” as he makes a final decision about another campaign.
“Right now, I intend to run. But you know, Elaine is not real enthusiastic about it, which causes me to pause a little bit,” Hatch said, according to the Associated Press.
“But, I’m chairman of the finance committee, the most powerful committee in the whole Congress and we’re doing work that has never been done before and that needs to be done,” he continued.
Hatch, 83, has served in the Senate since 1977, making him the second-longest tenured senator (behind Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.) and has served as Senate pro tempore since 2015.
Originally published by the Washington Examiner.