Orrin Hatch, longtime Utah Republican senator, dead at 88

Former Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch has died at the age of 88, according to a release from his foundation.

“The Hatch Foundation sadly announces the passing of Senator Orrin G. Hatch—the former President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate and the longest-serving Senator in Utah history (1977-2019),” the Hatch Foundation tweeted on Saturday night.

Hatch was the longest serving senator in Utah history when he retired after serving 42 years in Congress.

Hatch’s foundation said in the press release that Hatch passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah surrounded by his family.

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