LDS politician Orrin Hatch is most senior GOP senator as he enters seventh term

Sen. Orrin Hatch took his seat behind the minority leader just before noon Thursday, assuming a perch as the senior Republican in the hallowed body and the longest-serving U.S. senator in Utah history.

"It’s no big deal," Hatch, 78, said later when asked about his new status. "Well, not to me."

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