Long-serving Utah Senator Orrin Hatch dies at age 88

Orrin Hatch

FILE – Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, attends a news conference with Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 4, 2018. A longtime senator known for working across party lines, Hatch died Saturday, April 23, 2022, at age 88. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Orrin G. Hatch, who became the longest-serving Republican senator in history as he represented Utah for more than four decades, died Saturday at age 88.

His death was announced in a statement from his foundation, which did not specify a cause. He launched the Hatch Foundation as he retired in 2019 and was replaced by Mitt Romney.

A conservative on most economic and social issues, he teamed with Democrats several times during his long career on issues ranging from stem cell research to rights for people with disabilities to expanding children’s health insurance.

He also championed GOP issues like abortion limits and helped shape the U.S. Supreme Court.

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