TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Orrin Hatch, the longest serving Republican in the US Senate, announced his retirement in a video statement via Twitter on Tuesday.
“I was an amateur boxer in my youth and I brought that fighting spirit to Washington," Hatch said. "But every good boxer knows when to hang up the gloves. After much prayer and deliberation with family and friends I have decided to retire at the end of this term.”
According to US media reports, Orrin Hatch was under constant pressure by US President Donald Trump because it was assumed Hatch would seek reelection, blocking the way for the return of fellow Republican and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The veteran US senator decided to retire just weeks after Trump signed a massive tax overhaul bill, legislation that capped Hatch's long career. Hatch actively assisted in the writing of the tax plan as chair of the Senate Finance Committee.