Orrin Hatch credits his fatherís long hours as a metal lather with teaching him the value
of hard work. Following in his fatherís steps, he also went on to learn the metal-lathing
trade and was a card-carrying member of the AFL-CIO.
After working his way through college at Brigham Young University, Hatch received a scholarship
with full honors to the University of Pittsburgh Law School. He practiced law in Pennsylvania and
Utah before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976.
Considered a dark horse candidate, Hatch filed his candidacy papers on the last possible day and
based his campaign on the principles of limited government, tax restraint and integrity in public
service. He went on to unseat three-term incumbent Democrat Frank E. Moss with 54 percent of the vote.
In the Senate, Hatch serves as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee where he oversees
confirmation of all judicial nominations, including justices of the Supreme Court. As a result,
he has a direct impact on such issues as civil rights, immigration, antitrust law and consumer
Hatch has also authored several books, written the lyrics for scores of songs and produced or
co-produced five CDs.
||Orrin Grant Hatch
||Launched exploratory committee on July 1, 1999 for
presidential run but has not officially declared his candidacy.
|Age on Inauguration Day 2001
||March 22, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
||Salt Lake City, Utah
||J.D., University of Pittsburgh (1962), with honors;
B.A. in American history, Brigham Young University (1959)
||Married to Elaine Hatch;
have six children -- Brent, born October 11, 1958; Marcia, born April 13, 1960;
Scott, born February 19, 1962; Kim, born December 31, 1964; Alyssa, born April 23, 1969;
and Jess, born June 19, 1970
Practicing attorney in Pennsylvania & Utah, (1962-1976); U.S. Senator, R-Utah, (1976-Present)
Janitor, metal lather and all-night desk attendant (College/Law school years)
Orrin Hatch Presidential Exploratory
175 S. West Temple, Suite 780
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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Hatch supported airstrikes against Yugoslavia because, as he put it,
the Milosevic regime has perpetuated instability and ethnic cleansing in Europe for too long.
Hatch was initially against sending U.S. troops into Kosovo prior to the bombing campaign,
but once the war was under way, he said the U.S. should not rule out the use of ground troops.
Hatch argued the Clinton Administrationís policy in Kosovo was flawed - the U.S. acted too
late and in doing so, revealed serious flaws in strategy regarding its military and political
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