Democratic and Republican lawmakers paid tribute on Saturday for former Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, who passed away at age 88 in Salt Lake City surrounded by family, according to a release from the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation.
Hatch served for 42 years in the Senate, making him also the longest-serving Utah senator in history. He represented his state through the administrations of four Republican presidents and three Democratic presidents.
Former colleagues expressed their condolences through Twitter and other statements on Saturday.
Utah Sen. Mike Lee
Orrin Hatch was a giant of the Senate and a pillar in Utah. His more than four decades of public service made him the longest-serving U.S. senator from our state, but that only tells a small portion of his legacy. Orrin was a friend, a mentor, and an example to me and countless others. I saw countless times how his brilliant mind, quick wit, and care for his nation, his state and his colleagues turned pernicious problems into clear paths forward… Sharon and I mourn with Elaine and the Hatch family.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott
Today we lost a jewel and true American statesman in former Senator Orrin Hatch. He was a great colleague & mentor—and left a truly remarkable legacy in the Senate. My heart is with Elaine & the family.
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey
Senator Hatch was a gentleman, statesman and a proud son of Pennsylvania. My deepest condolences go out to the entire Hatch family and to all who knew and loved him.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Senator Hatch was kind to me and we worked together well. There were a lot of differences including party, height, age…you name it…but somehow we always looked for common ground. Prayers for his family today.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley
Sad to learn of the passing of my friend Orrin Hatch /I worked closely w Senator Hatch for 40yrs on the judic cmte +20 yrs on Finance cmte we had a very good friendship he has contributed so much to public policy& for the ppl of Utah Barbara & I send our sympathies to his family
Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer
Terrible to hear of the passing of such a legend. I had the privilege to meet Senator Hatch when I was 12 during the 2000 GOP presidential debate @Calvin_Uni. He signed my program in the most Orrin Hatch way imaginable: “Always listen to your parents. Orrin Hatch.”
Florida Rep. Val Demings
Sad news to hear of the death of Senator Orrin Hatch, who served our nation in the Senate for 42 years. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers.
Florida Rep. Byron Donalds
Erika and I send our deepest condolences to the family of Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. Sen. Hatch was a doer and worked tirelessly for his constituents and the American people. He was a titan of the Senate and a principled man who will be deeply missed. Rest In Peace.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
A truly great man and public servant. This was very sad news.