January 2, 2018
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.