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Hatch, the GOP’s most seasoned senator, to retire

by Evan Wilt
Posted 1/02/18, 03:11 pm

WASHINGTON—Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the Senate’s president pro tempore, announced Tuesday he would retire at the end of his term this year. Hatch, 83, took office in 1977 and is currently the longest-serving Senate Republican. In a video posted to his Twitter account, Hatch said after much prayer and discussion with friends and family he decided not to run for an eighth term. “Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves,” he said. “And for me, that time is soon approaching.” Hatch serves as the chairman of the influential Senate Finance Committee. He played an integral role in passing the GOP tax overhaul at the end of last year. In recent months, Hatch has heaped praise on President Donald Trump and aligned himself closely with the White House. Trump encouraged Hatch to seek reelection. Several reports speculate Mitt Romney, a fellow Mormon and former Republican presidential nominee in 2012, plans to run to fill Hatch’s seat. Romney, a staunch critic of the president, has not indicated whether he would jump back into politics. Candidates have until March 15 to file for the November election.

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  • Vista48
    Posted: Tue, 01/02/2018 04:42 pm

    It was never intended by the founding fathers for government service to be a career, much less an entire lifetime. Good riddance.

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    Greg Mangrum
    Posted: Tue, 01/02/2018 07:28 pm

    Senator Hatch has been a good senator; however, it is time for him to go. An elected representative should serve 2-3 terms and then go home and let others serve. I am for term limits (see the Convention of States) because politicians much too commonly overstay their welcome.

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Thu, 01/04/2018 12:53 am

    Why should a good senator be forced to go?  Over the years the balance of power in Congress has see-sawed, without term limits.  I do not see how term limits would help.

    Presidential term limits are different.  The presidency concentrates a tremendous amount of power in one man, so I am glad that the Constitution limits its term.

    I would also consider limiting Supreme Court appointments to, say, 20 years.  This would reduce the chances of unexpected vacancies, like Scalia's, while retaining reasonable permanency.

  • One of Many
    Posted: Wed, 01/03/2018 06:54 pm

    And yet, there is some value in continuity and experienced mentors in an increasingly complicated government system.