After four decades of service, Senator Orrin Hatch has announced that he will retire at the end of this term. Hatch is the longest-serving Senate Republican but will not seek an eighth term as President Trump had hoped for.
“When the president visited Utah last month, he said I was a fighter. I’ve always been a fighter. I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and I brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington,” he said. “But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching,” Hatch said in his announcement video.
Many have speculated that this opens the door for Mitt Romney to run for the seat.
I join the people of Utah in thanking my friend, Senator Orrin Hatch for his more than forty years of service to our great state and nation. Read my full statement: https://t.co/YwjUpjez5y— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) January 2, 2018