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Sen. Orrin Hatch lies in state at the Utah State Capitol

Posted at 2:50 PM, May 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-04 19:18:25-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Orrin Hatch is lying in state at Utah's State Capitol Building on Wednesday.

The viewing is scheduled to be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hatch passed away at the age of 88 last month, although no specific cause of death was given.

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Elaine Hatch stands at the casket of husband, former U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, while he lies in state at the Utah Capitol Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Salt Lake City.

As senator from 1977-2019, Hatch was the longest-serving Republican U.S. Senator at 42 years. He also served as the president pro tempore of the Senate from 2015 until his retirement, which put him third in line as President.

Watch below as people honor Sen. Orrin Hatch as he lies in state

Sen. Orrin Hatch lies in state at Utah Capitol

During his time in the Senate, Hatch chaired or was the ranking member of a major committee for 32 of his 42 years in office.

Hatch was born and raised in Pittsburgh, before attending college at Brigham Young University, then moved back to Utah in 1969 after attending law school at the University of Pittsburgh and practicing there for seven years.

Learn more about Sen. Orrin Hatch's unique career accomplishments

Look at some of Sen. Orrin Hatch's unique career accomplishments

Hatch was the longest serving Republican Member of the U.S. Senate and the longest serving Senator from Utah with 42 years of service

He was also the highest ranking Utahn ever in terms of Presidential Succession. Hatch was third in line as President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate from 2017 to 2019.

Hatch wrote hundreds of songs and regularly reported thousands of dollars in royalties in Senate financial disclosures. In 2005, his most lucrative year, he made $39,092 in royalties.

Flags fly above the Utah State Capitol below in honor of Sen. Orrin Hatch

Utah Capitol flags fly at half-staff in honor of Sen. Orrin Hatch

Hatch was also a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.