43 Facts About Senator Orrin Hatch

1. Senator Orrin Hatch appeared as himself in Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-winning drama Traffic, in a brief cameo in a scene set during a Washington DC cocktail party.

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2. Senator Orrin Hatch serves as a member of the board of directors of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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3. Senator Orrin Hatch is a founder and co-chair of the Federalist Society, a conservative organization of lawyers.

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4. Senator Orrin Hatch has since served in various positions in the LDS Church including as a bishop.

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5. Senator Orrin Hatch served as a LDS missionary in what was called the "Great Lakes States Mission" essentially covering large parts of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

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6. In 2009, the Washington Times reported that Senator Orrin Hatch said "My son, Scott, does not lobby me or anyone in my office".

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7. Senator Orrin Hatch voted for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1999, saying "committing crimes of moral turpitude such as perjury and obstruction of justice go to the heart of qualification for public office.

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8. Senator Orrin Hatch said, "If that was true, I think it would be hard for senators to not consider who the judge is today.

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9. In June 2013, Senator Orrin Hatch commented on a G8 proposal that tax authorities in the world's largest economies openly share information among themselves in order to fight tax evasion.

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10. Senator Orrin Hatch pushed legislation for the Equal Opportunity to Govern Amendment, which would amend Article 2, Section I, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution.

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11. In 1980, Senator Orrin Hatch spoke in favor of rolling back provisions of the Fair Housing Act enforced by the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

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12. In 2010, Senator Orrin Hatch defended the right of a private organization to build a mosque on private property in downtown Manhattan, citing this law and defense of the freedom of religion.

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13. Senator Orrin Hatch was the main author of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which protected all religions' right to build church facilities on private property.

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14. In 2017, Senator Orrin Hatch voted to prevent online and telecommunication privacy protections from taking effect.

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15. Senator Orrin Hatch introduced the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, narrowing the broad authority of the DEA to suspend drug "manufacturers, distributors, and dispensers".

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16. Senator Orrin Hatch discovered a clause in the proposed Treaty of Peace and Friendship with Kiribati and Tuvalu to pay at least $100 million to residents of the Marshall Islands for injuries similar to those of Utahns, and Hatch took the treaty hostage.

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17. Senator Orrin Hatch prevailed on Committee Chairman Ted Kennedy to hold field hearings in Utah in 1980.

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18. In 2018, Senator Orrin Hatch "honored Pride" by giving a speech in support of programs to help and serve LGBT youth.

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19. Senator Orrin Hatch has long been a proponent of expanding intellectual property rights, and introduced the Senate version of the Copyright Term Extension Act in 1997.

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20. Senator Orrin Hatch was a strong supporter of Jay Bybee during Bybee's confirmation hearings for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, stating "I've seen a lot of people around and a lot of judges and I don't know of anybody who has any greater qualifications or any greater ability in the law than you have.

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21. Senator Orrin Hatch took a leading role in the Senate confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas in October 1991.

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22. Senator Orrin Hatch reflected on his own family's immigration history and described the order as placing "unnecessary burdens" on families.

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23. Senator Orrin Hatch critiqued President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to temporarily shut down seven Muslim countries entered until better screening methods are devised.

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24. Senator Orrin Hatch proposed the DREAM Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, who were children when their parents came to the United States.

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25. In 2018, Senator Orrin Hatch said that Obamacare supporters were "the stupidest, dumbass people I've ever met".

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26. Senator Orrin Hatch opposed President Barack Obama's health reform legislation; he voted against the Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and he voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

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27. Senator Orrin Hatch had solicited the bank to approve a $10 million loan to a close friend, Mazur Hourani.

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28. Senator Orrin Hatch said, "The case arose from the conduct of a small number of BC.

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29. Senator Orrin Hatch's proposed amendment passed the House of Representatives in 1997, but failed to pass the Senate by the required two-thirds majority by one vote to move on the states for ratification.

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30. Senator Orrin Hatch voted in favor of passing a Balanced Budget Amendment on at least 9 occasions.

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31. Senator Orrin Hatch voted in favor of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.

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32. Senator Orrin Hatch voted in favor of the 2008 legislation that established the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

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33. Senator Orrin Hatch said, "This bipartisan bill will help defeat terrorism and keep America safe.

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34. In 1995, Senator Orrin Hatch was the leading figure behind the senate's anti-terrorism bill, to a large extent a response to the Oklahoma City Bombing.

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35. On January 20, 2017, Senator Orrin Hatch was absent from the Inauguration Day festivities.

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36. Senator Orrin Hatch has long expressed interest in serving on the United States Supreme Court.

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37. Senator Orrin Hatch claimed his website was more user-friendly than Bush's.

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38. In 1976, in his first run for public office, Senator Orrin Hatch was elected to the United States Senate, defeating Democrat Frank Moss, a three-term incumbent.

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39. Senator Orrin Hatch worked as an attorney in Pittsburgh and moved to Utah in 1969, where he continued to practice law.

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40. Senator Orrin Hatch fought 11 bouts as an amateur boxer.

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41. Senator Orrin Hatch had eight brothers and sisters, two of whom did not survive infancy.

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42. On January 2, 2018, Senator Orrin Hatch announced that he would retire from the Senate and that he would not seek re-election in November.

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43. Senator Orrin Hatch served as either the Chair or ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1993 to 2005.

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