|Orrin G. Hatch|
|Former President pro tempore of the United States Senate|
From: January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
|Former U.S. Senator from Utah|
From: January 3, 1977 – January 3, 2019
|Successor||Willard Mitt Romney|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints|
Orrin Grant Hatch, born March 22, 1934 (age 88), is a former United States Senator from Utah and a member of the Republican Party. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1977 as a conservative but has moved to the Left ever since, as in December 2010 when he failed to vote against the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. He has repeatedly won reelection in the past, but faced a conservative challenger in 2012 who came somewhat closer to winning, making him go into a runoff. He proved himself to be a Moderate Republican when he wrote the DREAM Act, voted for Eric Holder, and expressed support for civil unions for homosexuals. When he first ran for Congress, he criticized his opponent as a career politician who was in office for too long. He was in office for a very long time (42 years). He was replaced by Mitt Romney in 2019.
He is pro-life and in 1983 sponsored the Hatch/Eagleton Human Life Amendment, the only one of such a measure to receive a vote in Congress. However, it failed on the Senate floor, failing to garner the required two-thirds majority.
Before he entered politics, Hatch worked as an attorney in Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City. He received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962. He was a candidate in the 2000 Presidential primary, but lost to George W. Bush.
- TO PASS S. J. RES. 3, A MEASURE AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY IN CONGRESS AND THE STATES WITH RESPECT TO ABORTION, THEREBY OVERTURNING THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION IN ROE VS. WADE. (MOTION FAILED;2/3 REQUIR.. GovTrack.us. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
- http://hatch.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Biography.FastFacts (note: link is dead)
- A Man of Faith, The spiritual journey of George W. Bush, by David Aikman, 2004, p. 1,
- Two references:
- Rodgers, Henry (November 18, 2018). Orrin Hatch Receives Medal Of Freedom From Trump. Daily Caller. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
- Egan, Ladd (November 16, 2021). Senator Orrin Hatch Honored With Presidential Medal Of Freedom. KSL TV. Retrieved July 24, 2021.