Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement on the news that former U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) died on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
“Senator Hatch represented the best of what it means to achieve the American Dream. A man from humble beginnings, he worked tirelessly to build a strong and successful life for his family. His deep devotion to his faith was a guiding light to everything he did and every person he met.
“Senator Hatch was a staunch defender of the U.S. Constitution, and he did so with grit, determination and a heaping dose of good humor. His more than four decades in Congress embodied the deepest commitment to statesmanship and goodwill, having forged strong agreements that profoundly impacted the lives of countless Americans, including passing landmark legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Hatch led the enactment of the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the most significant tax reform in more than three decades, which lowered rates for millions of Americans and small businesses and spurred record growth and low unemployment.
“He was a close friend, and I will miss him greatly. I offer my sincerest condolences to his wife, Elaine, their children and the rest of his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”