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Is Utah’s Orrin Hatch the oldest Senator? Not even close

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Tribune file photo U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch left open the possibility of running for an eighth term in 2018. He would be 84 years old.

By Thomas Burr and Kevin Winters Morriss

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Jun 06 2014 01:16PM
Updated Jun 7, 2014 10:16AM

Orrin Hatch left open the door to seeking an eighth term in the U.S. Senate during a recent interview.

The most senior Republican in the Senate would be 84 years old if elected again in November 2018.

But he’s got a ways to go if he wants to break the record for the oldest serving U.S. Senator. Hatch isn’t even the oldest currently serving Senator. That distinction belongs to California’s Feinstein. She’s about nine months older than Hatch.

Hatch would need to be elected two times AFTER 2018 to have a shot at earning the distinction of being the oldest serving U.S. Senator. Who would he need to pass?

Here’s the list of the 10 oldest-serving U.S. Senators in history, according to the Senate Historian’s Office. We combed the bioguide.congress.gov website to provide a little info on each of the top 10.

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