Orrin Hatch won his first election to Congress in 1976, defeating three term incumbent Frank Moss. He famously said “What do you call a Senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.”
Forty two years later, Hatch decided it was his time to go home.
Hatch will still serve in the Senate this year, and will retire when his term is up at the end of this year. As far as who will replace him, well, the internet has some jokes regarding another famous politician from Utah.
As far as whether Senator Mitt Romney has any basis in reality, a lifelong reporter and current MSNBC correspondent is reporting that it is a real possibility.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.