“I’m planning on running again because I still have the chairmanship of the Finance Committee and they’ll never be another Utahn that’s chairman of the committee, at least not for 40 or 50 years,” Hatch said.
Hatch has wielded the gavel of the powerful tax-writing committee since the start of the last Congress in 2015, meaning that under Republican conference rules he would have two more years of eligibility as chairman at the start of his potential next term in 2019.
There has been widespread speculation that Hatch would retire next year. When he ran for his seventh term in 2012, he promised that it would be his final go-round in Washington. Hatch seems poised to go back on that vow.