(NewsReady.com) – On April 23, America lost a giant. Former Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), 88, passed away from complications related to a stroke he suffered eight days earlier. While the senator is now gone, his legacy will live on for decades to come.
Hatch, former president pro tempore of the Senate, served 7 terms in the Senate for a total of 42 years. He was the longest-serving senator in Utah history. The lawmaker served during seven presidential administrations, from Gerald Ford to Donald Trump. When Hatch retired in 2019, he’d passed more legislation into law than any other senator alive. He worked on 750 bills that later became law.
The late former senator didn’t just pass bills; he authored and co-authored them, too. Some of those bills went on to become incredibly consequential laws, including the Freedom Restoration Act, State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Hatch Foundation sadly announces the passing of Senator Orrin G. Hatch—the former President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate and the longest-serving Senator in Utah history (1977-2019).
— Orrin G. Hatch Foundation (@OrrinHatch) April 24, 2022
Orrin Hatch’s rise to success is a portrait of the American Dream. He was born during the Great Depression and had eight siblings. His home didn’t even have indoor plumbing. Despite the obstacles in his way, he was the first member of his family to go to college. During that time, he fought in 11 amateur boxing matches.
Hatch went to law school while living in a chicken coop with his wife and children. He became a prominent attorney and later, a popular lawmaker. When he passed away, he had a reported net worth of nearly $5 million.
Hatch’s entire life was proof that in America, you can do anything.
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