The longest-serving Republican member of the US Senate, Orrin Hatch, has announced that he will retire at the end of his term in November this year.
The 83-year-old senator from the US state of Utah made the announcement in a video posted to twitter on Tuesday, saying, he was “deeply grateful” to serve as a senator and that a new chapter in his life was just beginning.
“I’ve always been a fighter. I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and I brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington. But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves,” Hatch said.
“And for me, that time is soon approaching. That’s why, after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I’ve decided to retire at the end of this term,” he added.