Orrin Hatch is an American politician who serves as the senior United States Senator for Utah. Hatch has been the President pro tempore of the United States Senate from 2015 and is also the longest-serving Republican Senator in the history of United States. He is the current chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and is also one of the Board of Directors of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Continue reading to know more about the life, career, and net worth of Orrin Hatch in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Orrin Grant Hatch was born on March 22, 1934, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the United States to Jesse Hatch and Helen Frances Hatch who had nine children including Orrin. He attended the Brigham Young University studying B.A History and was the first person from his family to attend college. Orrin also received a J.D degree in 1962 from the University of Pittsburgh. He was an amateur boxer during his college days.
The famous senator is married only once in his lifetime, and his marriage is considered as a blessing by him. Orrin married Elaine Hansen in 1957, and the couple has six children. Through their six children, they have 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Orrin Hatch was elected to the United States Senate for the first time in 1976 and in the 1982 elections, he was re-elected for a second term. Orrin became the Chair of the Senate Labour Committee on January 3, 1981, and served in the post for six years till 1987.
He assumed office in the Senate Judiciary Committee three times at intervals between 1995 and 2005 with the long-serving period being six years from 1995 to 2001. He contested for the Republican Presidential candidate nomination in 2000 but lost to George W. Bush.
Hatch went on to win all the Senate elections, and in 2007 he became the longest-serving United States senator in the history of Utah. He became the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee on January 3, 2015, and three days later he became the President pro tempore of the United States Senate.
In March 2018, he became the chairman of the Joint Pensions Committee and announced that he would retire from the Senate when his seventh term comes to an end. Orrin Hatch was awarded the Commander of the Order of the Star of Romania in 2017.
Net Worth & Earnings
The longest-serving Republican Senator’s net worth is $5.5 million and he is worth 81% more than an average senator. Apart from his political and government jobs, he has also been an author, musician, and an actor which also contributes in parts to his net worth.
Becoming the longest-serving senator in the history of a country is no joke, and Orrin’s retirement plans came as a shock for the people of America. Though he announced retirement from the Senate, he also said that he would begin his new chapter in public service after that which means that he will serve his people until his last breath.