He was 88 years old.

The U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, who was the record holder among Republicans for the longest tenure in the U.S. Senate (42 years), died on Saturday at the age of 88. This was reported by the press service of his foundation.

“The Hatch Foundation is saddened to announce the passing of Senator Orrin Hatch,” the statement said. The politician died on Saturday evening in Salt Lake City surrounded by his family. It is noted that, in addition to the record among Republicans, he was also the record holder for the longest representation of the state of Utah in the upper house of the U.S. Congress – he served as a senator from 1977 to 2019. During his political career, seven presidents have been replaced. During his time in the Senate, he became the author of more than 750 bills.