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Utah Legislature passes resolution honoring Sen. Orrin Hatch

February 22, 2018

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, looks on during a visit to Utah Senate Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Utah's Legislature unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday honoring retiring Hatch. The resolution declared the day "Orrin G. Hatch Day" in honor of Hatch and his 40-plus years in the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s Legislature unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday honoring retiring U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch.

The resolution declared the day “Orrin G. Hatch Day” in honor of Hatch and his 40-plus years in the U.S. Senate.

The Republican senator was at the state Capitol during the votes in the House and Senate Wednesday and shed a few tears as lawmakers paid tribute to him.

He said serving Utah in the Senate has been the privilege of a lifetime.

Hatch was first elected to the Senate in 1976. He went on to become one of the longest-serving senators in U.S. history.

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced last week he was running to replace Hatch.

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