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Orrin Hatch, Latter-day Saint and former US Senator, passes away at age 88

US Sen. Orrin G. Hatch on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at an event for a Utah statewide initiative addressing teen suicide.

Senator Hatch was longest serving Republican senator in US history.

Former Utah senator and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Orrin G. Hatch died on Saturday, April 23, 2022, surrounded by his family.

Senator Hatch was the former president pro tempore of the United States Senate, the longest serving Republican senator in U.S. history, and the longest-serving senator in Utah history, representing the state of Utah for 42 years. He was also a prolific lawmaker during his time in office. According to Church News and The Hatch Foundation, upon his retirement in 2019, Hatch was known for having passed more legislation into law than any other senator alive, sponsoring or cosponsoring more than 750 bills that became law.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement upon his passing:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joins with all those who are mourning the passing of Orrin G. Hatch. Throughout his life, Senator Hatch served with distinction, particularly during the 42 years he represented the State of Utah in the United States Senate. Senator Hatch’s tireless efforts on behalf of his country have benefitted countless lives, and his strength in promoting religious freedom will be a blessing to all people of faith for generations to come. His service in callings he accepted in the Church reflected his commitment to serve his fellow man. Senator Hatch leaves a commendable legacy to his family and to his nation. We express our love to Elaine and to their children and grandchildren and pray the Lord’s blessings will be upon them.

According to Church News, Senator Hatch was honored as the BYU Management Society’s 2017 Distinguished Utahn, where President Ballard spoke and praised Senator Hatch’s commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to God.

“I believe his unwavering commitment to God, his family, his church and his nation are good reasons why Sen. Orrin Hatch is a man of moral and ethical leadership,” he said.

You can read more about his life and career on Church News.

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