Timeline: 40 years as Senator for Orrin Hatch

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2017, file photo, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center, accompanied by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, right, signs the final version of the GOP tax bill during an enrollment ceremony at the Capitol in Washington. Hatch says he is retiring after four decades in Senate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

(KUTV) – When Orrin Hatch won the Senate seat, defeating three-term incumbent Democrat Frank Moss, it was esteemed as a “one-man conservative uprising” because he was literally unknown six months prior to the election. Tuesday, Hatch announced his retirement as a widely known senior politician for being the longest-serving Republican Senator in U.S. history. At the conclusion of his seventh term in January 2019, he will be completing 42 years of Senate service.

Hatch’s many initiatives include, but are not limited, to the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, the Strengthening Our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America’s Security Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, and the Utah School Trust Lands Exchange Act. A timeline below highlights his election wins as well as additional legislation he has been instrumental in enacting or supporting while serving in the Senate.

• 1976 - Hatch was elected to the United States Senate after defeating the three-term incumbent, Democrat Frank Moss.

• 1982 – Hatch won re-election to a second term, defeating Mayor of Salt Lake City Ted Wilson.

• 1984 – Hatch and Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) proposed the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act (also known as the Hatch-Waxman Act) that he authored and was approved and established government regulations for generic drugs in the U.S. and made it easier for generic drugs to enter the market.

• 1988 – Hatch won re-election to a third term, defeating Democratic Businessman Brian H. Moss, also the son of former Senator Frank Moss.

• 1990 – Hatch sponsors The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), which provides compensation for citizens injured by radioactive fallout from the tests.

• 1990 – Hatch fought for passage of the original Americans with Disabilities Act, and subsequent legislation, the ADA Amendments Act that further protects the rights of the disabled.

• 1994 – Hath won re-election to a fourth term, defeating lawyer and Democrat Patrick Shea.

• 1995 - Hatch was the leading figure behind the Senate's Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

• 1997 – Hatch and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass), with support from then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, created the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded health insurance coverage for children in the U.S.

• 2000 – Hatch won re-election to a fifth term, defeating Utah State Senate Democrat Scott N. Howell

• 2000 - Hatch made a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, losing to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

• 2000 – Hatch introduces to the Senate the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

• 2001 – Hatch introduces to the Senate the first bill given the short title of Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act or DREAM Act.

• 2006 – Hatch won re-election to a sixth term, defeating XMission founder and Democrat Pete Ashdown.

• 2008 – Hatch was instrumental in the extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

• 2010 - Hatch promised a "holy war" to defeat Obamacare he called "unconstitutional."

• 2012 – Hatch was pushed into a primary election by a former state lawmaker, Dan Liljenquist, but won the GOP primary and went on to win his seventh term in office defeating Scott N. Howell a second time.

• 2016 - Hatch introduced the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act, narrowing the broad authority of the DEA to suspend drug "manufacturers, distributors, and dispensers".

• 2017 - President Donald Trump and other prominent Republicans lobbied Hatch to run for re-election for an eighth term.

• Jan. 2, 2018 – Hatch announces his retirement and will not seek an eighth term.

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