1. "Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves, and for me, that time is soon approaching," Hatch said. "That’s why, after much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I've decided to retire at the end of this term."
  2. The decision was made despite pressure from President Donald Trump, who wanted Hatch to run for an eighth term to block Republican Mitt Romney from running for his seat, The New York Times reported. Romney, who previously served as governor in Massachusetts and ran for president in 2012, currently lives in Utah.
  3. An unidentified source told MSNBC that Romney is seriously considering a run.
  4. Hatch has been an ally of Trump’s while Romney has been critical of the president.
  5. Romney thanked Hatch for his service in a statement Tuesday.
  6. "As Chairman of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees and as the longest-serving Republican Senator in U.S. history, Senator Hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor," Romney said. "Ann and I wish Senator Orrin Hatch and his loving wife Elaine all the best in their future endeavors."
  7. Hatch was a major force in getting a tax overhaul through Congress and signed into law in December. He also played a key role in persuading President Donald Trump to sign proclamations scaling back two sprawling national monuments in Utah that Hatch and other conservatives considered example of government overreach.
  8. "I may be leaving the Senate, but the next chapter in my public service is just beginning," Hatch said in a statement.
  9. He was first elected in 1976.
  10. "The president certainly praises his service and is very sad to see Sen. Hatch leave," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a news briefing Tuesday.
  11. Colleagues and friends took to Twitter to share well-wishes for Hatch.
  12. Hatch is the third Republican senator to announce in recent weeks that he will not seek re-election this year, according to Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree.
  13. Tennessee Republican and frequent Trump critic Sen. Bob Corker said in September that he wouldn't seek re-election.
  14. Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, also a frequent Trump critic, announced in October that he would not seek re-election due to the nastiness of the current political climate. In a speech on the Senate floor, he decried the "present coarseness of our national dialogue."
  15. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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