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Orrin Hatch
Orrin Hatch.jpg
U.S. Senate, Utah
In office
January 3, 1977-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 38
PredecessorFrank E. Moss (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1976
Next generalNovember 2018
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBaldwin Public High School
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University
J.D.University of Pittsburgh
Date of birthMarch 22, 1934
Place of birthPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Net worth$3,046,531
Office website
Campaign website
Orrin Grant Hatch (b. March 22, 1934, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate. Hatch was first elected to the Senate in 1976.

Hatch was re-elected in 2012. [1]

Hatch is the longest tenured Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hatch is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


After graduating from law school and passing the Pennsylvania bar, Hatch practiced law in Pittsburgh and then in Utah.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Hatch serves on the following Senate committees[4]:


Hatch was on the following committees[5]:

  • Committee on Finance Ranking member
    • Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
    • Subcommittee on Health Care
    • Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
    • Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy
    • Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
  • Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security
    • Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
  • Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
    • Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
    • Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Hatch's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Hatch voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[8]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[9][10][11]

According to the website Breitbart, Hatch was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[12][13]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[14]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

During the shutdown, Hatch is "going to donate his paycheck to the LDS church."[15]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "No" Hatch voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[16]


Immigration reform

On June 25, 2013, Hatch announced that he would vote in favor of the Senate's immigration legislation.[17]

In a column in the Salt Lake Tribune Hatch wrote, “Is this legislation perfect or what I would have drafted? Absolutely not. But as it stands now, the Senate immigration bill makes sure that these 11 million people are paying into society, and fixes many of the pressing issues associated with our broken immigration system. That’s why I will vote for it this week.”[17]

Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "Yes" Hatch voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[18]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "No" Hatch voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Hatch voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[20]

Senate Judiciary Committee

Senator Hatch was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was first sworn into the US Senate in 1977. Senator Hatch has served as the Committee's Republican Ranking Member from 1993 to 1995. After the Republicans won control of the US Senate in the 1994 elections, Hatch became the Committee's chairman from 1995 to 2001 and again from 2003 to 2005. Hatch also served as the Ranking Member from 2001 to 2003.[2]

Hatch is the longest tenured Republican on the committee and served in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Chief Justices William Rehnquist in 1986 and John Roberts in 2005. Also, Hatch served in the confirmation hearings of Associate Justices Sandra Day O'Connor in 1981, Antonin Scalia in 1986, Robert Bork in 1987, Anthony Kennedy in 1988, David Souter in 1990, Clarence Thomas in 1991, Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993, Stephen Breyer in 1994, Samuel Alito in 2006, and Sonia Sotomayor in 2009.[2] Also, Senator Hatch is the longest serving member of the committee as he is in his 33rd year on the committee. Patrick Leahy is the longest serving Democrat with 31 years experience.

Senator Hatch serves as the Republican Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights. In addition, Senator Hatch serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Crime and Drugs and Terrorism and Homeland Security.[21]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Orrin Hatch endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [22]

Campaign themes


Hatch's campaign website listed the following issues:[23]

  • Finance Committee
Excerpt: "Senator Hatch will likely be the next chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. This means that for the first time in 80 years, a Utahn will be able to set a pro-growth, pro-job creation agenda for America."
  • Balanced Budget Amendment
Excerpt: "Reducing spending, restoring Constitutional limits on the size of government, and balancing Washington's books are essential to our nation's future. A pivotal piece of accomplishing that goal is to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. I have led this charge by sponsoring and co-sponsoring a Balanced Budget Amendment 24 times during my tenure."
  • Hatch vs. ObamaCare
Excerpt: "Orrin Hatch was the first member of Congress to challenge the constitutionality of the individual mandate, requiring Americans to purchase health insurance."
  • Repeal ObamaCare
Excerpt: "Health care choices should not be made by the federal government and bureaucrats; they should be made by consumers and patients. The unconstitutional federal mandate forces citizens to purchase health care while making it more expensive for employers to provide insurance."
  • Utah Lands
Excerpt: "One of the more troubling issues facing the people of Utah is the federal governments stranglehold on Utah's lands. More than 60 percent of the land in Utah is owned by the federal government, which means that people thousands of miles away in Washington have more say over Utah lands than the folks who live here."



See also: United States Senate elections in Utah, 2012

Hatch won re-election in 2012. He and Dan Liljenquist defeated Kevin Fisk, Dale Ash, Loy Arlan Brunson, Tim Aalders, Jeremy Friedbaum, Christopher Herrod, William Lawrence, and David Chiu in the Republican convention.[1] Liljenquist and Hatch went on to compete in the June 26, 2012, Republican primary, and Hatch won.[24][25] He then prevailed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[26]

U.S. Senate, Utah, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngOrrin G. Hatch Incumbent 65.8% 657,608
     Democratic Scott Howell 30.2% 301,873
     Constitution Shaun Lynn McCausland 3.2% 31,905
     Utah Justice Daniel Geery 0.8% 8,342
     Independent Bill Barron 0% 0
Total Votes 999,728
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor, "2012 General Election Results"

Tea Party challenge

In response to primary challenges from Tea Party candidates, Hatch has said, "These people are not conservatives. They're not Republicans. They're radical libertarians and I'm doggone offended by it."[27]

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hatch is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Hatch raised a total of $23,575,465 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[34]

Orrin Hatch's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Utah) Won $11,577,851
2006 U.S. Senate (Utah) Won $6,580,325
2000 U.S. Senate (Utah) Won $5,417,289
Grand Total Raised $23,575,465


Breakdown of the source of Hatch's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hatch won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Hatch's campaign committee raised a total of $11,577,851 and spent $13,140,209.[35]

Cost per vote

Hatch spent $19.98 per vote received in 2012.

Out-of-state donations

According to an Open Secrets report, Hatch ranked among the top ten senate candidates receiving out-of-state donations during the 2012 election cycle. He received $5,360,274, or 88.5%, of his donations from outside of Utah. [36]


Breakdown of the source of Hatch's campaign funds before the 2006 election.

Hatch won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2006. During that re-election cycle, Hatch's campaign committee raised a total of $6,580,325 and spent $4,884,695.[37]


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[38]

Hatch most often votes with:

Hatch least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hatch is a "moderate Republican leader," as of July 3, 2013.[39]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Hatch missed 471 of 13,357 roll call votes from January 1977 to April 2013. This amounts to 3.5%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[40]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hatch paid his congressional staff a total of $2,439,498 in 2011. He ranks 24th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranks 33rd overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Utah ranks 43rd in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[41]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Sessions's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,715,063 and $4,378,000. That averages to $3,046,531, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 23.11% from 2010.[42]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hatch's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,195,097 and $5,729,000. That averages to $3,962,048.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[43]

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hatch ranked 10th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[44]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Hatch ranked 15th in the conservative rankings.[45]

Political positions

Voting with party


Orrin Hatch voted with the Republican Party 87.4% of the time, which ranked 22nd among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[46]

Hatch and Sen. Lee

Prior to advancing to the general election in 2012, Hatch was characterized as following Sen. Mike Lee's lead on most issues to pull himself to the right. Sen. Lee, Utah's junior senator, had defeated Republican incumbent Bob Bennett in 2010.

Before the 2012 primary, Hatch opposed Lee on only 16.8% of votes. Since, however, the differences increased to 25.7%. This means that Hatch and Lee, as of September 2013, have been on different sides of an issue on over one-quarter of all votes.[47]

Recent news

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Hatch and his wife, Elaine, have six children, 23 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.[48]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Utah GOP "Candidates List" Accessed February 18, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Orrin Hatch," Accessed November 23, 2011
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  5. Official Senate website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 23, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  10. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  11. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  12. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  13. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Politico "Orrin Hatch op-ed backs Senate immigration plan" Accessed June 25, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  20. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees
  22. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  23. Campaign website, Issues
  24. AP/CSPAN "Utah-Summary Vote Results," June 26, 2012
  25. Utah Lieutenant Governor - Candidate filings
  26. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
  27. Reason Blog "Sen. Orrin Hatch "doggone offended" by "radical libertarians," threatens to punch them (us) in the mouth," April 13, 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1976," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Donor history for Orrin Hatch" Accessed April 25, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Orrin Hatch 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed July 3, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "More than 60 Lawmakers Relied Mostly on Out-of-State Money", May 7, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Orrin Hatch 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed November 23, 2011
  38. OpenCongress, "Orrin Hatch," Accessed August 8, 2013
  39. Gov Track "Orrin Hatch," Accessed July 3, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Hatch," Accessed April 11, 2013
  41. LegiStorm "Orrin Hatch"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Hatch, (R-Utah), 2011"
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Hatch, (R-Utah), 2010"
  44. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  47. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Hatch, the Senate deal maker, is back," September 8, 2013
  48. Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed November 23, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Moss
U.S. Senate - Utah
Succeeded by