Utah Legislature passes resolution honoring Sen. Orrin Hatch
Feb. 22, 2018
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.