Longtime Utah Senator Orrin Hatch dies at 88

The Republican Party lost one of its all-time legends this week.

According to the Washington Examiner, sad news emerged in recent days regarding the death of long-time Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, 88, who served an astonishing 42 years in the upper chamber in an impressive display of a lifelong commitment to public service. 

The news of the senator’s death was published by the Hatch Foundation, but the foundation didn’t provide any details to the official cause of his passing, though many assumed that natural causes, at his age, was the likely culprit.

The foundation did reveal that Hatch passed on in his Salt Lake City-based residence, where he was surrounded by family members. Funeral arrangement for the popular and loved senator will be announced in the coming days, according to the foundation.

Not only did Hatch claim the title of the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, but in that time, he managed to get more bills passed than any other senator as well. In 2015, he assumed the position of president pro tempore of the Senate, placing him third in the line of presidential succession at the time.

Hatch received an overwhelming outpouring of tributes across social media in the wake of the tragic news, with former presidents, current politicians, and other high-profile political operatives paying tribute to Hatch’s long and impressive career on Capitol Hill.

Clearly, the late Sen. Hatch will be sorely missed but never forgotten.