Former Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch died at age 88 on Saturday, surrounded by his family.
Hatch was elected to the Senate in 1976 and served until his retirement in 2018, making him Utah’s longest-serving senator.
He also sponsored the most bills that were later signed into law of any senator in U.S. history, a total of 750 bills.
Former President Donald Trump gave Hatch the Presidential Medal of Freedom upon his retirement. Hatch was key to getting Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed through Congress in 2017.
Trump offered condolences to Hatch’s family after learning of his passing, saying, “Orrin was a true warrior for our Country, for liberty, and for his beloved state of Utah. He was as wise as he was kind, and as tough as he was smart—he loved America and his contributions to our Country were tremendous. His legacy will surely live on through the many lives he impacted. May God bless Orrin Hatch.”
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