Washington,  DC.   –   On Tuesday, 83-year-old Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, announced that he will not seek re-election and will retire at the end of his seventh term.

Hatch’s announcement comes after serving more than 40 years in the Senate, where he is the longest-serving Republican.

During his 40 year career, Hatch has chaired the Senate Finance Committee, played a key role in the scaling back of two Utah monuments, worked to help create the Americans with Disabilities Act, expanded children’s health insurance, and sought the Republican nomination for president in 2000.

Hatch said that his decision to retire came after “much prayer and discussion with family and friends” over the holiday break.

President Trump congratulated Hatch on Twitter for an “absolutely incredible career” and said that Hatch “has been a tremendous supporter”.

Fellow Utahn, Mitt Romney, made a statement in regards to Sen. Hatch’s announcement on Facebook, saying that “Hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor.” Romney also thanked Hatch for his more than forty years of service to the state of Utah and the nation.