washington d.c.— U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) issued the following statement upon news of the death of former U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
“Senator Hatch represented the very best of what it means to achieve the American dream. A man of 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 for all he did and every person he met.
“Senator Hatch was a staunch defender of the United States Constitution, and he did so with courage, determination, and a healthy dose of good humor. His more than four decades in Congress embodied the deepest commitment to the spirit of state and goodwill, having forged strong agreements that have had a profound impact on the lives of countless Americans, including passing landmark laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. 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 dearly. I offer my deepest condolences to his wife, Elaine, their children and the rest of his family and loved ones at this difficult time.