As news of the death of longtime GOP Senator Orrin G. Hatch of Utah spread Saturday evening, condolences and tributes poured in from across the political world.
Hatch, 88, died at 5:30 p.m. in Salt Lake City surrounded by his family, announced by the Hatch Foundation.
“Orrin was a true warrior for our Country, for liberty, and for his beloved state of Utah,” Trump said. “He was as wise as he was kind, and as tough as he was smart–he loved America and his contributions to our Country were tremendous. His legacy will surely live on through the many lives he impacted. May God bless Orrin Hatch.”NEWSWEEK NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP >
Former Vice President Mike Pence said he and wife Karen “were saddened” to hear of his death, calling him “a true statesman who represented the best of UT & America. As the longest serving Republican Senator in history, he dedicated decades of his life to public service & we’ll always be grateful for his leadership,” Pence wrote on Twitter.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, described Hatch as “kind.””Senator Hatch was kind to me and we worked together well,” she wrote on Twitter. “There were a lot of differences including party, height, age…you name it…but somehow we always looked for common ground. Prayers for his family today.”