Orrin Hatch, seven-term senator and member of a Republican force, dies at 88
During the opioid crisis in 2015, he introduced a bill to restrict the power of government regulators to stop the marketing of drugs by predatory pharmaceutical companies. It later emerged that he had received $2.3 million in donations from the pharmaceutical industry over 25 years.
But there were no political repercussions. The senator was re-elected in 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006 and 2012, with an average of almost 65% of the vote.
Born in Pennsylvania
Orrin Grant Hatch was born in Homestead Park, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, on March 22, 1934, the sixth of Jesse and Helen (Kamm) Hatch’s nine children. His parents were Mormons who had left Utah in the 1920s to find work. After losing their home during the Depression, Jesse borrowed $100 to buy land in the hills above Pittsburgh and built a house of blackened wood salvaged from a fire.
Two of Orrin’s siblings died in infancy. He was deeply affected by the loss of his brother, Jesse, a World War II Air Force nose gunner who was killed when his B-24 was shot down during a bombing raid over- over Europe in 1945.
At Baldwin High School, Orrin was captain of the basketball team and student body president. He took two years off to do missionary work, proselytizing in Ohio and graduated in 1955. He then moved to Utah and worked as a union tour operator to pay for his college education. Brigham Young University.
In 1957, he married Elaine Hansen. They had six children: Brent, Marcia, Scott, Kimberly, Alysa and Jess. Complete information about his survivors was not immediately available.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in history at BYU in 1959, Mr. Hatch studied law at the University of Pittsburgh on full scholarship and earned his juris doctor in 1962. He joined a Pittsburgh law firm, but in 1969 he moved to Salt Lake City to open his own practice. He has represented private clients in tax, contract and personal injury matters, as well as corporations battling federal regulations.