President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-White House counsel interviewed Whitaker about joining Trump’s legal team: report Flake slams Trump for doubting Arizona vote count: No evidence of ‘electoral corruption’ Comey talked about sensitive FBI matters on personal email: report MORE is set to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to seven people next week, including Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchHow much power do states have? Supreme Court holds the answer On The Money: Trump says he won’t give up tax returns | Likely Dem chair vows to subpoena | Stocks rally on Dem House takeover | Tough midterm for many GOP tax writers Grassley to make chairmanship decision after meeting with colleagues next week MORE (R-Utah), musician Elvis Presley, baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth and the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The country’s highest civilian honor, the medal is awarded to those who have “made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” the White House said in a statement Saturday.
The White House highlighted Hatch’s more than four decades of service in the Senate, noting that he has “sponsored more bills that have become law than any other living Member of Congress.”
Presley, who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is being awarded the medal for his contributions to defining American music as well as his willingness to serve nearly two years in the military despite his fame, the White House said.
Scalia is being given the award for his nearly 30-year term on the Supreme Court and being a “champion of the Constitution.”
Others who are set to receive the medal Nov. 16 include Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and philanthropist Miriam Adelson, the wife of GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.