Sen. Orrin Hatch Announces He Will Retire

In this Nov. 13, 2017, photo, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, arrives as the tax-writing panel begins work on overhauling the nation’s tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

January 2, 2018
OAN Newsroom

 

The longest-serving GOP Senator is retiring.  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says he plans to leave office at the end of term in January 2019.

The 83-year-old lawmaker made the announcement in a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday, saying, “I’m deeply grateful for the privilege you’ve given me to serve as your senator these last four decades. I may be leaving the senate, but the next chapter of my public service is just beginning. I want to thank you for your support through these many years.”

Sen. Hatch has served on Capitol Hill for more than 40 years and is the current Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.  His retirement could open the door for former Presidential candidate and former Governor Mitt Romney to run for the seat, if he decides to do so.

President Donald Trump has openly pushed for Sen. Hatch to run for an eighth term in 2018.  However, during Tuesday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the President has the deepest amount of respect for the Senator.

  • Tyrone

    Another example that the Founding Fathers missed having term limits in our Constitution.
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  • Roy Beane

    Another old turd who was in office many years too long that should have been flushed down the congressional toilet long ago. Probably will be replaced by Mitt Romney, (who badmouths Trump every chance he gets) and he will be about as bad as having a Dimmocrap in that seat in the long run.

  • Jack Steffen

    One problem we have is that too many people view their Congresspeople and Senators from a narrow, parochial, ward-healer type of perspective. “What can this person do for my state or district?”. Many of these upcoming elections have NATIONAL implications. Something the people of Alabama did not apparently seem to understand. When voting you need to consider what is best for the country. You’re not voting for local dog-catcher or justice of the peace.

  • Jack Steffen

    President Trump was being generous and diplomatic. He has to say things like this now that he’s POTUS. I say it’s one more member of the DC Swamp gone, and that’s a good thing. The people of Utah now need to wake up and elect a TRUE conservative to that seat. Don’t be another Alabama. MAGA

  • Robert Johnson

    Now all we need is a true conservative to run for that seat! We don’t need mitt the rino !

  • Andrew Moore8

    40 years is about 36 years to long….

  • Letmesay

    But not if they are history after 4 years.

  • Too_Late_4_America

    Hopefully, this is not just a quick way to insure that another Mormon gets his seat.

  • Michael Klevins

    …the next chapter of his public service is just beginning? WtF? The man’s 83. Yeah, I’m sure he’s got another good 20 years in him. TERM LIMITS. Is way over due for Pelosi (Ms Stretch Face herself), Feinstein, McCain (he’s on his way), to kick off already! You’ve WAY OUTLIVED YOUR WELCOME! Now DIE ALREADY!

  • Expat47

    Exit one RINO stage left!

  • SaidNO2Liberalism

    It’s way past time to heed Cicero’s words seriously. Career politicians are dining extremely well at the public trough and this need to stop.

  • Dakota

    The way the lame stream media treats republican candidates if will be hard to get good people to run in the future

  • Comanche457

    40 years is too long for anybody to be in a powerful position. It’s no wonder we can’t get anything done in this country. Too many kings!

  • DrMitoFit

    Sneaky, back-stabbing, Trump-hating, carpet bagger Mitt Romney just changed his Twitter location from Mass to Utah. Would rather see someone like Jason Chaffetz run for the open senate seat.

  • landy fincannon

    By all means. Let’s keep voting in more attorneys.
    Seems to be a conflict of interest to put into office. Those who make a living from the law.

    • KMA

      You are correct, Laws are made by lawyers FOR lawyers to litigate AGAINST YOU AND I AT A FUTURE DATE!

      • landy fincannon

        One of the intentionally complicated legal obstacles , is how the words are defined.
        Take the word “person” , there are two legal definitions
        1: legal person (corporations)
        2: natural person

        If you’ll notice on all forms of legal documents. Out names are always spelled all CAPS. Just like corporations.

        Coincidence? I’m not so sure given the connivance

        • KMA

          Thanks I’ll do some research.
          I’m aware of the “caps” in legal documents. It has to do with liabilities of a person ,since a “entity” cannot be held responsible.

          BTW, origins of a birth certificate, strawman,maritime law and the reason for gates in a courtroom are interesting reading. Quite the eye opener in reading America’s “hidden secrets”.

          • landy fincannon

            Indeed, I was trying to avoid looking like the conspiracy nut. That I am LOL

          • KMA

            Nothing of the kind! Those who attempt to inform the uninformed will ALWAYS be looked upon as a “conspiracy nut” to those who wish to do harm to our great country.

            Continue the fight brother, as will I. MAGA!

  • Rufus Firefly

    Here are some campaign finance reforms that even some of you might like. Predicated on the notions that corporations are not people and money is not speech. Why should a gazillionaire in one state have ANY influence over candidates in other states? Or why should national organizations have any say on local elections?

    1. Contributions ONLY from residents of the jurisdiction (congressional district, etc)
    2. “Residents” are only real people
    3. All contributions reported
    4. Some reasonable limit to prevent being bought – $2K, $5K, $10K ?
    5. No PACs or interest group ads

  • SaidNO2Liberalism

    No more RINOs! Time for the GOP to select true conservatives to combat what democrats are incubating.

    • nfcapitalist

      Suggestions?

      • SaidNO2Liberalism

        Someone who stands against big government and deficit spending. Someone who stands against the following “ism” – socialism, communism, Marxism, collectivism, atheism, anarchism, progressivism, liberalism, and democrats.

        • nfcapitalist

          Yes, of course but how do we know when we can’t trust the News Media or any intelligence agency to vet our candidates… a pinky swear?

          The pot smoking offspring of an unmarried communist mother and absentee father who hated european colonialism and transfers that to America when he was not a descendent of slavery unless that historical act was or is occurring as it still is in Africa… became President of the United States?

          Who vetted Barrack Husein Obama?

          • SaidNO2Liberalism

            Someone who fits the mold of Sheriff David Clarke or Lt. Col. David West.

      • KMA

        This country was founded on rebellion and grass roots. Find that person who believes in the constitution and knows what it stands for. With the internet, dedication and determination you and I could get these people elected. “It’s just that simple”(Ronald Reagan)! Time consuming ..YES, but that’s where American persistence and determination comes in.

  • Hummer

    Don’t vote for the sour grapes carpet bagger. If the rummy had any guts he’d run against fauxahauntus in his own state. Come on Utah you can do better than this-pick someone off the street if you have to.

  • conquest915

    Oh great, the GOP plans on replacing him with the carpet bagging RINO Nit Rummy!

  • Good. 20 years too late, but good.

  • nfcapitalist

    Thank you, congressman Orin Hatch… you’re one of the good guys even as you were surrounded by communists, appeasers, and compromisers. I do hope we get someone with as much patriotism as you for our replacement… not sure that’s going to be Mitt Romney.

  • rgeiken

    Ar 83 it is time to hit the couch and tune in Netflix, you tube and Amazon. Get your retirement check direct deposited and maybe hit the links if it takes your fancy!

  • Roscoe

    Good Bye Orin. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. We need to rid the congress of ALL of these in bedded ticks on both sides of the aisle to make government function again. These old geezers are what created the mess that we have now and they all need to go!

  • DCBlueBlood

    Good, Senility and being a Dinosaur Hack — good riddance!

  • All American

    Thank you for your service to Our Country Congressman Hatch.
    You are a American gentleman 🇺🇸

    • nfcapitalist

      Senator… edit?

      • All American

        Thanks!

    • tedlv

      Good evening, AA! 7 degrees in East Tennessee this morning, 24 now.

      I agree, Senator Hatch served well.

      • All American

        Hi Ted! 50 here in Sarasota, raining, windy and we have heard there is a mix of rain and snow 75 miles north east of us! Hopefully it doesn’t pay us a visit!
        Yes Orrin Hatch served Our Country nicely🇺🇸

        • tedlv

          Good morning! I just saw the weather radar. Looks like snow, but we’re not in the path.

          • All American

            It’s pretty if you can watch it mainly from inside maybe run out and try to catch a snowflake ❄️ or two on your 👅

  • davej

    I think these folks are bailing because their hand was in the cookie jar one too many times.

    • No Mas

      I don’t doubt they all profit improperly, but I do doubt any transparency once they reach public office,. THIS MUST CHANGE!

    • landy fincannon

      83, it’s time to go home and enjoy his time

    • nfcapitalist

      He’s 84 years old… but in too many cases you are probably… no, certainly right.

      • Hummer

        Same age as Feinstein-she has looted the government for decades and still isn’t satisfied.

  • No Mas

    I hope they groom another good one.. Hatch has been a very good one!!!

    • Huks

      Not bad, I agree.

  • JustmJustm

    Only ONE THING i never get….
    He is 83 why wait till 2019?????
    Was enough ennough of you hachy boy????

    • landy fincannon

      He’s giving Romney time to secure the funding” create PAC’s ect.

      • JustmJustm

        What is going on in WDC the last fiew yrs nothing surprise me anymore !

  • C B

    The Silent Majority will find just the right Man and I mean Man to replace him ………….

  • landy fincannon

    Should attorneys be permitted to hold public office?

    The “ORIGINAL” 13Th amendment was passed in 1819.
    It forbade attorneys from holding office. Also know as the titles of Nobility Amendment

    Please, at least look into this before telling me how crazy I am or how educated you are and you’ve never heard this before.

    If you’d like a link. Go into my account and reply to another site. I’ll send it.

    TONA RESEARCH has worked on this for decades and has a well documented resource.

    • KMA

      TONA “cease to be a citizen” isn’t that a kick in the pants!
      I’m shocked that “lawyers/TONA ” kept it out the purposed amendment. It is my understanding that only 12 states ratified the amendment and it is still in “limbo”? If that is the case ,then it could still be passed with 23 more states in approval.

      With the amount of lawyers present in our government, you and I would be nothing more than DUST IN THE WIND if it were ever to succeed! With that being said, I will spread the word to neighboring states that didn’t vote on the proposal.

      Thanks for the info. and peeking my curiosity. MAY ALL THAT IS “GOOD” FOREVER SMILE UPON YOU. MAGA!

      • landy fincannon

        I appreciate your kind words and taking the time to look into it. CHEERS

  • Racer X

    I believe this guy is one of those swamp critters.

  • landy fincannon

    “Lawmaker” now that’s an oxymoron. We all know the courts have usurped congress and congress has obliged them.

  • KMA

    Another one who has made millions (5 million net worth, 80% higher than when he started) at the taxpayers expense.

    I’m glad I could work my A** off so you could retire in comfort! Good riddance to ALL of the existing Congress!

    • HarryObrian

      5 million sounds a few million light but we’ll never know the truth.

    • All American

      The top three wealthiest senators are Democrats: John Kerry of Massachusetts, with a net worth of at least $164 million; Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, with a net worth of at least $111 million, and John “Jay” Rockefeller of West Virginia, with an estimated net worth of at least $82 million!

      • C B

        Yeah , it just kills me to see the Rich Democrat Politicians taking advantage of the Uneducated , Poor Liberals the way they do ?

      • KMA

        YES indeed! My point isn’t partisan, politicians make their fortunes from “we the people ” hard work and sacrifices.

        • All American

          As all good things come to an end for the political hacks who have been reaping the harvest. The end is here and we see those who either have been in DC for many years and retire or they jump ship bc the lobbyists dough is out!

      • Aldo

        democRATS !!!!

    • nfcapitalist

      Hillary and Bill Clinton… $2,000,000,000 (billion) went into the Clinton Foundation, how much went to charity?

      10 %… so what happened to the other 90 %?

      • All American

        We are all working to find the answer to that question

  • Visualverbs

    TERM LIMITS NOW!

  • CDG

    Term limits for Senators! Don’t let the screen door hit you on the way out Senator Hatch.

    • mark abby

      Actually we have term limits. It’s called voting. Term limits just means voters are too dumb to make changes on their own.

      What we need is salary limits and reduced pensions and all stock portfolios made public. That should weed out those who are just looking for a free ride versus those who want to do the job

      This lucrative government welfare they’re on must come to an end.

      • landy fincannon

        Yes, incumbents benefit in two ways. Name recognition and corporate funding

      • No Mas

        What we need is full disclosure from candidates and during their term.. as soon as they are elected they seem to join the insiders club and protect each other FROM AMERICANS!.

      • nfcapitalist

        Yes… voting… too bad we don’t have investigative reporters telling the voters how corrupt their representatives are… the FBI put a congressman and high shelf mayor before Obama turned them into doormen.

      • NoBull

        half the population have brains. The OTHER half have drug FRIED BRAINS. That is why we NEED TERM LIMITS.
        CAPISCE???

        • Goodforall

          Totally agreed!

      • Dakota

        Perfectly said. People need to stop electing bad candidates

      • CDG

        True. A Senator must continue to be re-elected. However, many like Senator Hatch are so intrenched politically and financially they are never voted out. Who could possible win against that type of local power? Term limits allow for new blood in the system and potentially less corruption. Look at people like Pelosi and S. Jackson. Hell, look at the Clintons. People should not be leaving public office as millionaires. It’s bad enough a single term Senator receives a pension and health benefits for life. Ugh.

      • Letmesay

        Actually we do need term limits. Set and controlled by the administration. Four years in office, then bye bye. People vote them in over and over because they are there, but not if they were gone after four years.

    • Letmesay

      40 years

      83 years old

      Not till 2019

      I think this man worked for his own benefit, otherwise he would have been gone 35 years ago.
      Something needs to change about those that never leave.

    • Goodforall

      Another establishment RINO who has made a fortune while “serving the people”. A prime example of exactly why term limits are needed!

  • Rufus Firefly

    Bye-bye, Orrin. You proved your dementia in your speech at the White House.

  • Dakota

    He’s should retire and go enjoy himself

    • HarryObrian

      Enjoy himself? I get the feeling that the privileges he has enjoyed as Senator may make the Seven Deadly Sins look like Christmas carols.

      • Dakota

        Ok harry you’re the man