Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Tuesday that he won't run again in 2018 if he wins a seventh term this fall.
Hatch, the state's longest-serving senator, faces several intraparty challenges this year from former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist and Rep. Chris Herrod. Democrat Pete Ashdown is making a second run at Hatch's post.
While he had previously hinted that his next term would be his last, on Tuesday at a Utah Capitol news conference on federal land management he made it official. First, he said in passing that he would like to see the state succeed in its efforts to control federal lands "during my last term in the Senate."