Orrin Hatch announces he won't seek re-election

Glen Norman
January 3, 2018

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the longest-serving Republican in the Senate and an influential member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Tuesday that he plans to retire at the end of his term. And for me, that time is soon approaching. "That's why, after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I've chose to retire at the end of this term".

After Hatch helped spearhead the passage of the GOP's tax reform bill last month, he effusively praised Trump at a White House celebration, calling him "a heck of a leader" and predicting that his presidency would be "the greatest. not only in generations, but maybe ever".

Hatch is the longest-serving Republican in the Senate.

As I have noted before, Romney and Breitbart News were very friendly in 2012, when the former MA governor was the GOP presidential nominee. The two had something of a rapprochement after the election when Romney was briefly considered as secretary of state, but White House advisers are uneasy about having such a well-known critic in the Senate.

Romney broke his silence on Facebook moments after Hatch's announcement, congratulating the retiring senator, listing his credentials and saying he and his wife wish them "all the best in their future endeavors".

Hatch's term is set to expire in January 2019.

Mitt Romney is likely to run for the Senate seat vacated by Orrin Hatch's retirement, a source told CNBC.

"Congratulations to Senator Orrin Hatch on an absolutely incredible career", Trump tweeted Tuesday evening.

She added,"Governor Romney may want to be in public service in many different roles, and I just wanted to make sure that you know the truth coming from the White House". "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University", Romney warned in 2016 in a speech in Utah.

Sanders would not say if Trump would back Romney.

Late a year ago, Hatch also found himself in a heated debate with Democratic Sen. The dispute occurred as Republicans pushed a near $1.5 trillion, 10-year tax cut for businesses and individuals through the Senate Finance Committee over Democrats' objections. During his time on the committee, the Senate has confirmed almost 1,900 federal judges. He withdrew from the race after only winning 1 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses and then endorsed George W. Bush. One of his songs, "Unspoken", went platinum after appearing on "WOW Hits 2005", a compilation of Christian pop music.

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