Sen. Orrin Hatch will retire at the end of his term

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire; Romney could run

Orrin Hatch, the most senior Republican in the Senate, announced Tuesday he intends to retire at the end of his term. The 83-year-old said he looks forward to spending more time with his family. His retirement announcement comes shortly after the GOP tax plan was signed into law. Three-quarters of Utahans said it was time for someone else to serve in the Senate, according to a poll late past year by the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah. I've always been a fighter. "I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and I brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington", Hatch said. After cycling through his accomplishments and the praise he has received from President Trump, Hatch called himself a "fighter", but also acknowledged "every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves".

"It would be hard to defeat Mitt Romney if he were running here", said David Hansen, a longtime Utah Republican strategist and chairman of Mr. Hatch's political organization.

"After much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I've chose to retire at the end of this term", Hatch, 83, said in a video posted on Twitter.

The senator returned the favor at the White House when Mr. Trump signed the tax measure, calling him "one heck of a leader".

Hatch's move likely clears the way for Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, to run for the seat. Asked if he thought Romney would be interested in coming to Washington during the Trump era, Trump replied, "I don't know".

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"Congratulations to Senator Orrin Hatch on an absolutely incredible career".

Romney maintains residence in Utah and was the president and CEO of the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee before going on to serve as governor of MA and challenge Barack Obama as the Republican nominee in the 2012 presidential election.

In the statement announcing his decision to retire, Hatch cited work helping create the Americans with Disabilities Act, expanding children's health insurance and expanding use of generic drugs.

Jenny Wilson, a Salt Lake City city councilwoman who's seeking the Democratic nomination, said in statement that Hatch made "the right decision for Utah" and that she would stay in the race. During his time on the committee, the Senate has confirmed almost 1,900 federal judges, a majority of all federal judges that have served. He's the longest-serving Republican senator in USA history.

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