Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Dig deep into Utah's local elections with KUER News. Check out KUER's voter information page for the how, when and where on voting in Utah, learn about the candidates in Utah's 6 major statewide races and follow this page for a steady stream of election coverage from KUER News. 00000174-456e-d547-ad77-67ef316e0000 Check out all of KUER's Statewide Election Profiles.

Senator Hatch Calls Presidential Win "A Miracle," Looks Forward To Working With Trump

Lee Hale
Senator Orrin Hatch speaks to a very energetic crowd at Utah's GOP victory party on Tuesday night.

The one member of Utah’s congressional delegation not up for reelection Tuesday night was the state’s senior Senator Orrin Hatch.

Although his seat wasn’t at stake, Senator Hatch still had a lot riding on last night's elections. Congressional wins for Republicans across the country meant great news for the senator.


He’ll keep his position as president pro tempore of the Senate and his spot at the head of the Senate Finance Committee.


At Utah's GOP victory party on election night, Hatch also shared his excitement for Trump in the White House.


“I believe Donald Trump has won this election and it’s a miracle," said Hatch. "And it’s a miracle hopefully for the benefit of this country, because it needs change.”


Speaking earlier in the evening Hatch said he’s recently spent a lot of time campaigning on behalf of Trump. He’s now convinced that Trump is capable of bringing that kind of change to Washington.   


“With Donald Trump as president we can turn this stinking mess around," said Hatch to cheers from the crowd.


Hatch called it “draining the swamp," and he intends to be a part of it. When asked if Trump will listen to him, Hatch said, "he'll have to."


"I’m chairman of the finance committee, that’s where all the money is," said Hatch. "And I’m not bragging about it but I do think that most people respect me on both sides of the aisle.”


Hatch admitted that his approach is different than Trump’s, but he said he’s confident that together they’ll make a good team.

Lee Hale began listening to KUER while he was teaching English at a Middle School in West Jordan (his one hour commute made for plenty of listening time). Inspired by what he heard he applied for the Kroc Fellowship at NPR headquarters in DC and to his surprise, he got it. Since then he has reported on topics ranging from TSA PreCheck to micro apartments in overcrowded cities to the various ways zoo animals stay cool in the summer heat. But, his primary focus has always been education and he returns to Utah to cover the same schools he was teaching in not long ago. Lee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is also fascinated with the way religion intersects with the culture and communities of the Beehive State. He hopes to tell stories that accurately reflect the beliefs that Utahns hold dear.
KUER is listener-supported public radio. Support this work by making a donation today.