Senator Orrin Hatch Will Retire From The Senate

Senator Orrin Hatch Will Retire From The Senate

Senator Orrin Hatch Will Retire From The Senate

Senator Orrin Hatch has announced that he will not seek reelection to the United States Senate for an eighth term. According to his Senate website, Senator Hatch was first elected to the United States Senate in 1977 and had worked for various law firms in Utah from 1962 until 1976, after law school.

The Senator was born in 1934 and will turn 84 years old this year. Orrin Grant Hatch is the longest serving Republican senator and is President Pro Tempore of the Senate. The President Pro Tempore of the Senate is:

A constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the vice president. The president pro tempore (or, “president for a time”) is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service.

That means Hatch is third in line for the throne Presidency after Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Senator Orrin Hatch ca. 1976. Credit: The Salt Lake Tribune Library

I wrote about Orrin Hatch in November, 2016 when he smacked that p.o.s. Sherrod Brown (really, Ohio?). Here is the video evidence:

That’s the Orrin Hatch it would have been nice to see sometime in the last decade. It would have been nice for him to call “Bull” on some of the spewage that blew out of the mouth of former (ah!) President Barack Obama.

Victory Girls’ Cassy Fiano wrote about Senator Hatch eight years ago. After the death of Senator Ted Kennedy (Murderer, MA), our man Orrin suggested that his widow Victoria Reggie Kennedy should fill his seat. Camelot, don’t you know.

Senator Orrin Hatch today

In December, 2016, The Weekly Standard featured an article about Orrin Hatch losing favor with Utah Republicans after promising not to run again in 2012. Just last month, The Salt Lake City Tribune printed an article accusing the Senator of having “sold his soul and lost his way”.

So today, Senator Hatch announced his retirement. Good. Past Time. Someone who is way too “woke” tweeted this:

Oh, sweetheart. Go back to sleep. Please.

Orrin Hatch is a good man. I believe he lives his faith. He seems to be a snappy dresser. He means well. He is not in the pocket of the donor class (like say, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama). I remember thinking as I watched him toddle down the steps of Air Force One assisted by the Junior Senator from Utah, Mike Lee, that Hatch looked frail.

Orrin Hatch deplanes in Utah assisted by Senator Mike Lee.

Senator, thank you for your service to the Nation. I didn’t agree with a lot of what you did, but you were and are an honest and honorable gentleman. There are very few gentlemen and even fewer ladies in the United States Senate these days. I am glad that you stayed around to slap Sherrod Brown. That was so epic, dude.

Already, names are being thrown about. Who will take Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat? Mitt Romney (stop him before he runs again) or Mia Love (Toni likey). Let’s just take a minute and say…Never mind, just go Senator Hatch.

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