January 2, 2018
FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2017, file photo, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, speaks to reporters following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington. Hatch says he is retiring after four decades in Senate. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said Tuesday he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the Senate, opening the door for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run for his seat.