|U.S. Senate, Utah|
|January 3, 1977-Present|
|January 3, 2019|
|Years in position||36|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 2018|
|High school||Baldwin Public High School|
|Bachelor's||Brigham Young University|
|J.D.||University of Pittsburgh|
|Birthday||March 22, 1934|
Hatch is seeking re-election in 2012. 
After graduating from law school and passing the Pennsylvania bar, Hatch practiced law in Pittsburgh and then in Utah.
Hatch is on the following committees:
- 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
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.
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. 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.
Hatch's campaign website lists the following issues:
- 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."
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. Liljenquist and Hatch went on to compete in the June 26, 2012, Republican primary, and Hatch won. He then prevailed in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. Senate, Utah, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Orrin G. Hatch Incumbent||65.8%||657,608|
|Constitution||Shaun Lynn McCausland||3.2%||31,905|
|Utah Justice||Daniel Geery||0.8%||8,342|
|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."
On November 7, 2006, Hatch won re-election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Pete Ashdown (D), Scott N. Bradley (Constitution), David Starr Seely (L), Roger I. Price (Personal Choice), and Julian Hatch (Desert Greens).
Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Hatch's reports.
|Orrin Hatch Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Pre-Convention||April 1, 2012||$4,440,784.90||$1,279,072.91||$(2,471,963.21)||$3,247,894.60|
|Pre-Primary||June 30, 2012||$3,247,894.60||$569,225.82||$(1,917,181.22)||$1,899,939.20|
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.
|U.S. Senate, 2006 - Orrin Hatch Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$256,010|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$255,689|
|Top contributors to Orrin Hatch's campaign committee|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$44,050|
|Cerberus Capital Management||$31,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$360,700|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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 he 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
Percentage voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Hatch has voted with the Republican Party 90.0% of the time, which ranked 26 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.
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- Tea party threat again hangs over Republicans' efforts to take Senate - Washington Post
- With Filibuster Threat Gone, Senate Confirms Two Presidential Nominees - New York Times
- Federal budget deal faces test in House - Los Angeles Times
- IRS Nominee Faces Senate Grilling - Wall Street Journal (blog)
- Defying Reagan on Apartheid - Daily Beast
- IRS nominee on track for confirmation despite acrimony among Senate ... - Minneapolis Star Tribune
- Utah Senators Cosponsor Amendment to Fully Refund Utah, Other States Who ... - KCSG
- Senate rejects conscience clause change to contraception rule - Washington Post
- IRS nominee Koskinen pledges to turn around employee morale, pushes for ... - FederalNewsRadio.com
- IRS nominee hopes to make tax agency 'admired' - USA TODAY
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Hatch and his wife, Elaine, have six children, 23 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
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- ↑ Gov Track "Orrin Hatch," Accessed March 3, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Utah GOP "Candidates List" Accessed February 18, 2012
- ↑ Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Orrin Hatch," Accessed November 23, 2011
- ↑ Official Senate website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 23, 2011
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
- ↑ "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees
- ↑ The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
- ↑ Campaign website, Issues
- ↑ AP/CSPAN "Utah-Summary Vote Results," June 26, 2012
- ↑ Utah Lieutenant Governor - Candidate filings
- ↑ ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Utah," November 7, 2012
- ↑ Reason Blog "Sen. Orrin Hatch "doggone offended" by "radical libertarians," threatens to punch them (us) in the mouth," April 13, 2012
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7,2006"
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Candidate (S6UT00063) Summary Reports - 2011-2012 Cycle," Accessed July 13, 2012
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Hatch Election Committee Inc Pre-Convention," Accessed July 13, 2012
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Hatch Election Committee Inc Pre-Primary," Accessed July 13, 2012
- ↑ Open Secrets "Orrin Hatch 2006 Election Cycle," Accessed November 23, 2011
- ↑ LegiStorm "Orrin Hatch"
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Hatch, (R-Utah), 2010"
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- ↑ Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed November 23, 2011
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