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Longtime Utah Senator Orrin Hatch to retire

Longtime Utah Senator Orrin Hatch to retire
Posted at 2:17 PM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-02 14:29:59-05

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announced Tuesday that he won't seek re-election this year.

He said in a social media message, "after much prayer and discussion with family and friends I've decided to retire at the end of this term."

Hatch became a US Senator in 1977, and became the chamber's President pro tempore (longest-serving member of the majority) in 2015.