Orrin G. Hatch
Hatch's views on climate change are not science-aligned.
- 1 Record and controversies
- 2 Bio
- 3 Money in politics
- 4 Committees and affiliations
- 5 More background data
- 6 Contact
- 7 Articles and resources
Record and controversies
Hatch voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.
Next Attorney General?
Hatch, "who formerly chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee", is listed among the "Top Contenders" to replace Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales "whose tenure has been marred by controversy and accusations of perjury before Congress". Gonzales resigned August 27, 2007, and will leave office on September 17, 2007.
Although Hatch "once said he would take the job if offered", his "prospects were a big unknown. There is general affection for him from his Senate colleagues but also questions about his loyalty to the administration because of his gentle treatment of Gonzales. The Utah Republican was the lone member of his party on the Senate Judiciary Committee not to openly deride the embattled attorney general."
Support for Alternative Medicine
According to Robert Johnson:
- "Arguably the most powerful symbol of the recent coming of age of alternative medicine in the United States was the establishment of the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) within the National Institutes of Health. The two legislators with the greatest responsibility for the growth of this office, and for the overall nurturing of alternative medicine within the vast medical-government complex, have been Senators Tom Harkin and Orrin Hatch." 
- Related - Jason Chaffetz
For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal
DC voting rights
On May 1, 2007 Hatch introduced the District of Columbia Fair and Equal Voting Rights Act of 2007 with Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.). The bill passed the House the previous month.
Hatch was born March 22, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hatch attended Brigham Young University and received a degree in History in 1959. In 1962, he received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Hatch worked as an attorney in Pittsburgh and Utah for fourteen years. In 1976, in his first attempt at running for public office, he was elected to the U.S. Senate defeating three-term incumbent Sen. Frank Moss (D). He ran on the idea of creating term limits for Senators. He claimed that Senators, including Moss, had lost touch with their constituents.
According to Hatch's Senate biography, "he has continually fought an expanding federal bureaucracy and has been at the forefront of the battle against burdensome and costly federal regulations. He has been recognized by the National Taxpayers' Union for his fiscal responsibility and has been dubbed by others 'Mr. Free Enterprise,' 'Guardian of Small Business,' and 'Mr. Constitution.' 
Hatch is expected to win reelection for his 6th term in November 2006. His challengers include State House Majority Whip Steve Urquhart (R) and Pete Ashdown (D), who opposes Hatch's stand on technology issues.
Legislation and issues
- According to Hatch's Senate biography,"Among his many achievements and initiatives are the balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, the religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Omnibus Property Rights Act, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty act, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, home health care, the Comprehensive Methamphetamine Control Act, the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act, FDA reform, the Orphan Drug Act, the Ryan White AIDS Care legislation, which provides needed services for adults and children afflicted with HIV, the Job Training Partnership Act, designation of the Mormon Trail, the Utah School Trust Lands Exchange Act, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) for the Utah down winders." 
- Fair Housing ActIn 1980, Hatch spoke in favor of rolling back provisions of the Fair Housing Act. Acting on his motion in 1988, Congress eventually voted to weaken the ability of plaintiffs to prosecute cases of discriminatory treatment in housing. At the time the 1988 Fair Housing Amendments were being debated, he introduced a bill endorsed by the National Association of Realtors to severely limit who can file anti-discrimination suits and to make the proceedings a private affair.
- Played a "key part in enacting the welfare reform bill, known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996." 
- INDUCE Act Hatch caused an overnight controversy June 17, 2003 by proposing that copyright owners should be able to destroy the computer equipment and information of those suspected of copyright infringement, including file sharing. In the face of criticism, especially from technology and privacy advocates, Hatch withdrew his suggestion days later after it was discovered his website was designed with unlicensed software. One year later, he proposed a controversial INDUCE Act that attempted to make illegal all tools that may be used for copyright infringement. According to many critics, this act would effectively outlaw the internet and personal computers, giving unprecedented legal leverage to media companies.
- Immigration Hatch was one of the architects and advocates of the expansion of H-1b visas and was generally an advocate of looser immigration policy.
- Stem Cell Research A vocal supporter of stem cell research, Hatch was one of 58 senators who signed a letter directed to President George W. Bush, in hopes of relaxing the federal restrictions on stem cell research.
- Tobacco - According to U.S. Department of Justice Post-Trial Findings of Factin U.S.A. vs. Philip Morris et al, on October 2,1997, Philip Morris Companies sent a letter to Congress in response to a request from a number of senators, for the Philip Morris position on smoking and health issues. On Page 301 of a lengthy deposition given on July 14, 2000 by Ellen Merlo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Philip Morris, the so-called "Hatch Statement" or "Hatch Agreement" (actually titled "Philip Morris' Statement of Position") was an agreement between Philip Morris and the United States Senate that PM would limit its discussion of health issues surrounding nicotine addiction and whether tobacco causes disease. According to DOJ, however, "In this statement, Philip Morris once again disputed addiction and claimed that cigarettes were addictive only under definitional changes that can be used to 'describe many different kinds of behavior.' Philip Morris also stated that it nonetheless agreed to cease all public debate on the issue."(Post-Trial Findings of Fact, PDF Page 1053)
The "flag burning amendment", also known as the flag desecration amendment, was sponsored by Sen. Hatch in the 109th Congress. The Amendment would alter the First Amendment of the United States Constitution to allow Congress to ban the burning or desecration of American flags.
- The most recent proposed flag burning constitutional amendments have used the following text:
- "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States."
109th Congress: 2005-2006
The flag burning amendment failed to gain the necessary 2/3 majority in the U.S. Senate on June 27, 2006. The vote was 66-34 in favor, with Democrats voting against by 14-30 and Republicans voting in favor by 52-3. The amendment was sponsored by Sen. Hatch and cosponsored by 59 senators, including all Republicans but Sens. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), Lincoln Chafee (R-Conn.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The amendment was cosponsored by Democratic Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Dayton (D-Minn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Ken Salazar (D-Colo.). See also (Washington Post vote analysis.)
- Main article: flag burning amendment
Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for Orrin G. Hatch from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Orrin G. Hatch from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Orrin G. Hatch from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and affiliations
- Senate Committee on Finance
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights
- Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
- Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Subcommittee on Children and Families
- Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging
Boards and other affiliations
More background data
District Office - Cedar City:
77 N. Main Street
Cedar City, UT 84720
District Office - Ogden:
1006 Federal Building
324 25th Street
Ogden, UT 84401
District Office - Provo:
51 South University Avenue, Suite 320
Provo, UT 84601
District Office - Saint George:
Washington County Administrative Building
196 East Tabernacle, Suite 14
Saint George, UT 84770
District Office - Salt Lake City:
8402 Federal Building
125 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84138
Articles and resources
- "5 Top Contenders for Attorney General," NewsMax, August 28, 2007.
- Gonzales' resignation letter dated August 26, 2007, posted by TPMmuckraker, August 27, 2007.
- Pierre Thomas, et al., "Attorney General Gonzales Resigns," ABC News, August 27, 2007.
- "Gonzales Resigns," Think Progress, August 27, 2007.
- Robert Johnson, The Politics of Healing: Histories of Alternative Medicine in Twentieth-Century North America (Routledge, 2004), pp.3-4.
- "Roll call," U.S. Senate, June 27, 2006.
- "Roll call," Thomas, June 27, 2006.
- US Senator Orrin Hatch official website
- Orrin Hatch for Senate official campaign website
- Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Fairness.com.
- U.S. Politics Today: Orrin Hatch. Daily Newsletter/Headlines.
- Politics Surfwax: Orrin Hatch. News & Articles.
- Presidency 2000.
- Hatch's Political Campaign Information.
- Votes from the 107th Session of U.S. Congress: Orrin Hatch, Public Citizen.
- Issues 2000: Orrin Hatch.
- Open Secrets - 2006 congressional races database
- See how you compare to Orrin Hatch
Local blogs and discussion sites
- Gail Russell Chaddock, "Profits, Politics, & A Drug Patent," Christian Science Monitor (Common Dreams), July 19, 2000.
- "Orrin Hatch," Harper's Magazine, 2003.
- Ramesh Ponnuru, "Hatch Hates Hate. Utah senator plans a hate-crimes bill," National Review, January 15, 2003.
- Leon Jaroff, "It's Time To Rethink Ephedra Regulation. The FDA needs new authority to evaluate the weight-loss supplement," Time, March 5, 2003.
- Chuck Neubauer, Judy Pasternak and Richard T. Cooper, "Senator, His Son Get Boosts From Makers of Ephedra. Orrin Hatch has kept regulators at bay and benefited via campaign donations. Lobbyists linked to his son have received $2 million," Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2003.
- "Orrin Hatch and Bill Thomas: Special Interests' Best Friends," Left Coaster, March 5, 2003.
- Christopher Smith, "Hatch Leading Charge to '1984,' Critics Warn," Salt Lake Tribune, April 13, 2003.
- "Karl Rove Speaks Through Orrin Hatch, but It's Too Little Too Late," Democratic National Committee, May 13, 2003: "A published report today indicates that Bush Senior adviser Karl Rove is trying to do damage control regarding the 'Club for Growth' ads against Senators Snowe and Voinovich that attack their patriotism for standing firm against Bush's irresponsible tax cut for the wealthiest Americans."
- David Podvin, "Orrin Hatch: The Maestro," BuzzFlash, May 19, 2003.
- "Another Black Eye for the FBI...and Orrin Hatch," Talk Left, May 30, 2003.
- Anne E. Kornblut and Duff Wilson, "How One Pill Escaped the List of Controlled Steroids," New York Times, April 17, 2005.
- Jeff Leeds and Sharon Waxman, "That's What Friends in High Places Are For," New York Times, July 8, 2006.
- "GOP senator helped hip-hop producer dodge coke sentence. Orrin Hatch: Dallas Austin 'will learn from this experience'," Associated Press (CNN), July 9, 2006.
- Rachel Maddow, "An Open Letter to Senator Hatch," Rachel Maddow Show/Air America Radio, April 4, 2007.
- Nicole Belle, "Rachel Maddow’s Open Letter To Orrin Hatch," Crooks and Liars, April 5, 2007.
- Afghanistan Relief Committee
- C. Boyden Gray
- Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
- illegal immigration
- Kith & Kin Inc.
- Miguel Estrada
- pharmaceutical industry
- Scott D. Hatch
- Gary Hollister
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|Committees: Joint Committee on Taxation, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Energy Natural Resources and Infrastructure, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Health Care, Senate Committee on Finance/Subcommittee on Taxation IRS Oversight and Long-Term Growth, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions/Subcommittee on Children and Families, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senate Committee on the Judiciary/Subcommittee on Antitrust Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, Senate Committee on the Judiciary/Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, Senate Committee on the Judiciary/Subcommittee on Technology Terrorism and Homeland Security|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 2, 1976
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1977
November 6, 2012
|Previous Political Work?
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Date of Birth: March 22, 1934