Senator Orrin Hatch needs no introduction to the staff and supporters of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, but this excerpt from an article by A. Scott Anderson, published in the December 27, 2018 Deseret News, gives a glimpse into the heart of a man driven “to succeed in sports, music, politics and everything he tried.”
The remarkable career and stellar accomplishments of Sen. Orrin Hatch will be widely and appropriately celebrated as he leaves office after 42 productive years in the U.S. Senate — the longest period of service in history for any Republican senator. But beyond a Senate career so notable that it may never be duplicated — beyond the 800 bills signed into law, beyond his public honors, his re-election campaigns, his myriad speeches, his superlative constituent service, his impact on the federal judiciary, his service as president pro tempore and his 14 honorary university degrees — is the personal side of Orrin Hatch, the private man behind the revered public figure. This private side of Orrin Hatch is best reflected and understood in his personal relationships with other people. Clearly, the most important relationship in Orrin’s life is with his wife, Elaine — the love of his life, his anchor, his biggest influence and supporter, his pillar of stability amid the stress and trauma of a very public life. Orrin was a Brigham Young University student when he met, wooed and married Elaine Hansen. His remarkable civic achievements are only topped by his proudest accomplishment of all — the success of his family. Married for 60 years, Orrin and Elaine are the parents of six children, grandparents of 23, and great-grandparents of 26. Orrin has said, no doubt accurately, that Elaine deserves as much credit for his career and accomplishments as he does.