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Orrin Grant Hatch (March 22, 1934) is a five-term Republican United States Senator, from Utah.

Hatch chairs the Senate Committee on the Judiciary[?] and is the 2nd ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Finance[?], where he serves on the Subcommittee on International Trade[?], the Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight[?], and the Subcommittee on Health Care[?]. Hatch is also on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence[?], the Committee on Indian Affairs[?] and the Joint Economic Committee[?]. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Holocaust Memorial Museum[?].

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Early Life, Marriage, and Descendants

Hatch was born to Jesse[?] in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His great grandfather, Jeremiah Hatch[?], founded what is now known as Vernal, located in eastern Utah. Hatch married Elaine Hansen[?] of Newton, Utah. They have six children and have twenty grandchildren. He and his family are members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Hatch attended Brigham Young University and, in 1959, received a degree in History. In 1962, he received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh Law School[?]. As a law student, he worked as a janitor, a metal lather, and a dormitory desk attendant.


Senator Hatch worked as an attorney at law in Pennsylvania and Utah. In 1976, he was elected to the United States Senate.

Hatch annoyed many computer users by stating that a virus should be used to destroy the computers of those participating in file sharing of copyrighted music. This would happen without fair trial and break many laws.


  • "I'm interested, [damaging a pirate's computer] may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights."

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