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Orrin Hatch (L) talks with Scott Fisher at the 19th Annual Utah Conference for Seniors, April 18, 2006, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
Orrin Hatch (L) talks with Scott Fisher at the 19th Annual Utah Conference for Seniors, April 18, 2006, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Sen. Orrin Hatch's major accomplishments through the years are well-known to Utahns. For example, his initiatives for the Balanced Budget Amendment; his fight against higher taxes; his effort to roll back government regulations; his commitment to strengthen the family; his efforts to ensure appropriate health care and services for those in need; and his desire to protect Utah's beautiful environment.

What is less known are the many quiet things that he does, day to day, week to week, that, while not official, benefit so many. The senator and his wife, Elaine, sponsor an annual Utah Seniors' Conference, bringing new insights and even opportunities to thousands of senior citizens on issues pertinent to their well-being. They sponsor the annual Women's Conference which is open to and serves women from all walks of life. The Utah Families Foundation, created by the senator and his wife, has donated more than $10 million through an independent board to Utah charities, serving families, individuals at risk and our youth.

Hatch also uses his vast network of relationships in the federal, state and international communities to benefit local businesses, technology, economy and education. These ongoing lesser-known things are just a small sampling of the unofficial ways the senator serves, and they demonstrate how so much of what he does on behalf of Utah takes place outside of the limelight of Washington, D.C.

Carol Nixon

Salt Lake City