Hatch Foundation Chairman A. Scott Anderson stated:
Orrin Hatch was a man of character, wisdom, and kindness. Hatch was the perfect example of what one would expect from a United States Senator. He was an example of a generation of legislators raised by the ideals of compromise and comity and he lived out these principles more than anyone else. In a country that was divided, Orrin Hatch helped show us the best way to create meaningful relationships across the aisle. Now, more than ever, we ought to follow his lead. We should honor the memory of Orrin by living life as he did, with a commitment to our country, our values, and to one another.
Hatch was first elected to his seat in the U.S. Senate in 1976 and served until the end of January of 2018. By the time of his retirement, he had 750 bills; Hatch was the co-sponsor or sponsor of the most bills made into law by any U.S. Senator, according to data from the Hatch Foundation.
As the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Hatch was key in ensuring that legislation for the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was approved by Congress.
Former president Donald Trump awarded Hatch the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2018 , following his resignation from the Senate. Trump offered his “deepest condolences” to Hatch's family in an official statement.
I wish to express my heartfelt condolences and sympathy on behalf of the entire family of legendary Senator Orrin Hatch, especially his wife Elaine and six children. Orrin truly was an ardent defender of our country and fought for liberty, freedom, in his state, Utah. He was as smart as he was gentle, and as strong as he was brilliant. He was a lover of America and the contributions he made to America were huge. His legacy will definitely be remembered by the numerous lives he touched. God bless Orrin Hatch.
Hatch is survived by his wife and their six children and their numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.