Orrin Hatch’s son is running for U.S. Senate in Utah

Brent O. Hatch, the son of Utah’s longest-serving senator, announced his candidacy for the seat once held by his father.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brent Hatch, son of former U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, at the Utah Capitol on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Brent Hatch is running for the U.S. Senate seat his father held for over four decades.

The son of late U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch is running for the seat his father held for more than four decades.

Brent O. Hatch announced Tuesday, the first day candidates could formally file for Utah’s 2024 elections, that although he left Washington decades ago, he’s ready to return to D.C. to fight for Utahns.

“I have worked for over 33 years here in Utah as a lawyer protecting the rights of individuals and companies,” Hatch said in a news release. “But, I still have an insider’s knowledge of the highest levels of government from serving Presidents [Ronald] Reagan and [George H. W.] Bush in the White House, working with Congress, and in the courts.”

Hatch graduated from Brigham Young University and Columbia Law School, according to a professional biography. He also serves as the treasurer of the conservative and libertarian-minded legal group The Federalist Society.

He enters a growing field of candidates in a crowded race to succeed retiring Sen. Mitt Romney.

His father Orrin retired from the Senate in 2019 after 42 years of service. He died in April 2022.

“Government cannot continue like it has for the past several years. We must take the budget, inflation and securing our borders more seriously,” Hatch wrote in Tuesday’s announcement. “We need to elect people who have had real jobs, had to make payrolls and are not wed to lobbyists and the political class – people who speak plainly and use common sense.”

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