FILE – Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks after their caucus luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington, DC—Wednesday, the Orrin Hatch Foundation announced plans for the funeral services of Senator Orrin G. Hatch. The Senator will lie in state in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, May 4, and his funeral will be held on Friday, May 6, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Institute of Religion in Salt Lake City. Both events will be open to the public.
Hatch, who became the longest-serving Republican senator in history and was a fixture in Utah politics for more than four decades, died April 23 at the age 88. A staunch conservative on economic and social issues, he also teamed with Democrats several times during his long career on issues ranging from stem cell research to rights for people with disabilities to expanding children’s health insurance. He also championed GOP issues like abortion limits and helped shape the U.S. Supreme Court. He retired in 2019 and was replaced by Republican Mitt Romney.