Hatch is the senior senator from Utah and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 4, 1977. Hatch is next up for reelection in 2018.
Read our 2017 Report Card for Hatch.
Hatch is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Hatch has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Orrin Hatch sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Finance
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Health Care
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
- Member, Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
- Chair, Joint Committee on Taxation
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Member, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
- Member, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
- Member, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts
- Member, Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
- Senate Special Committee on Aging
Hatch was the primary sponsor of 181 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 324: State Veterans Home Adult Day Health Care Improvement Act of 2017
- S. 2383: CLOUD Act
- S. 139: An Act to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to improve foreign intelligence collection and the safeguards, accountability, and oversight of acquisitions of foreign intelligence, to ...
- S. 1827: KIDS Act of 2017
- S. 2256: Tax Extender Act of 2017
- S. 2108: Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017
- S. 1015: National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2017
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Hatch sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (23%) Crime and Law Enforcement (22%) Health (15%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (13%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Education (7%) Labor and Employment (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)
Some of Hatch’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3475: A bill to require a report on multiagency use of airspace and environmental ...
- S. 3443: A bill to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to provide ...
- S. 3340: Teachers and School LEADERS Act
- S. 3335: Restoring the Armed Career Criminal Act
- S. 3294: FINISH Act
- S.Res. 590: A resolution recognizing the 171st anniversary of the arrival of pioneers belonging to ...
- S. 3256: Puerto Rico Economic Empowerment Act of 2018
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H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
On the Nomination PN327: Paula Xinis, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland
May 16, 2016. Nomination Confirmed 53/34.
On the Nomination PN1152: John B. King, of New York, to be Secretary of Education
Mar 14, 2016. Nomination Confirmed 49/40.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
On the Nomination PN4: Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General
Apr 23, 2015. Nomination Confirmed 56/43.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 17, 2011. Joint Resolution Passed 87/13.
H.J.Res. 44 (112th): Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 2, 2011. Joint Resolution Passed 91/9.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
From Jan 1977 to Sep 2018, Hatch missed 499 of 14,980 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills