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EXIT HATCH. When Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, first came to Washington in 1977, he brought with him a young Salt Lake City woman who had joined the CIA right out of high school, returned home after a few years and applied for a job on Hatch’s staff just because he was a Republican.

Mary Langston Taylor has worked for Hatch ever since, starting as his personal secretary, moving up to manage his Washington office and then taking on constituent services back in Utah in 1990.

 

“You could say we have literally grown up in this job together,” Hatch said.

Taylor recalls the early days of Hatch’s career, when she used something called a “Robo-Machine” to crank out mass mailings and each fax took about three minutes to send. She led the office’s conversion from typewriters to computers, and lent a helping hand whenever needed on legislative work.

One of the most exciting moments for Taylor was at the start of Hatch’s career, watching him filibuster an expanded labor law and winning a protracted battle. “The atmosphere was electric,” she said. “It was probably the first time in 50 years that someone told the unions ‘no.’ ”

 

Taylor, 55, has decided it’s time to try something else. “It was kind of a dream of mine to work on Capitol Hill,” she said. “It never got old for me.” But she’s leaving the office at the end of April, hoping to attend Brigham Young University and finally earn the college degree she deferred for so long.

“When I think of the best way to describe Mary,” Hatch said, “the word ‘loyal’ just seems to fit. Mary is a loyal friend, mother, wife, and has been a tremendously loyal staff member for 31 years.”

This article appears in the April 26, 2008 edition of NJ Daily.

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