Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire at end of term after 40 years in Senate

"Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves," said Hatch in a video posted to his Twitter account.
2:05 | 01/02/18

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Transcript for Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire at end of term after 40 years in Senate
My affiliate times. For over forty years I've had a great honor of serving as your senator. As many of in I came up during the Great Depression living in ramshackle house built with recycled lumber from the local scrap yard. My parents gave us everything they had been in the eyes of the world we still don't have much. Only in the nation like ours to someone like me to scrappy son of a simple carpenter. Grow to become the United States senator. As your senator I've always sought to fight for those who could not fight for themselves. And I believe the results speak for themselves. Busted more bills. Have become law than any member of congress alive today. I played a central role in the creation of the modern generic drug industry the passage of the landmark Americans with disabilities that disabilities act. And the confirmation of every current member of the United States Supreme Court. Just last month I helped lead the effort to pass historic comprehensive tax reform. One of my proudest legislative achievements as the religious freedom restoration act which guarantees a vigorous religious liberty. Protections for all Americans. When the president visited Utah last month he said I was a fighter. I've always been a fighter. I was an amateur boxer in my youth and I brought that citing Stewart with me to Washington. But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. For me. That time this sense an approaching. That's why after much prayer and discussion with family and friends I've decided to retire at the end of this term. Although I will miss serving you in the senate. I look forward to spending more time with my family especially my sweet wife Elaine whose unwavering love and support me at all of this possible. I'm deeply grateful for the privilege you've given me to serve as your senator these last four decades. I may be leaving the senate for the next chapter in my public service is just beginning. Want to thank you all for your support. To these many years thank god bless you won't.

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