Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has joined the chorus in praise of BMI chairman/CEO Frances Preston.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has joined the chorus in praise of BMI chairman/CEO Frances Preston, who announced this week that she is resigning her post. Hatch, who is also a Christian song lyricist with several album credits, yesterday (April 22) sent the following tip of the hat to the departing Preston to Billboard.biz.

"When Frances Preston rose from the position of Nashville receptionist to the presidency of BMI, she inspired all of us by exemplifying the American Dream in action," says Hatch. "I admire Frances' passion for helping others in many charity and philanthropic efforts, including her volunteer post as president of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research.

"Her contributions to the music industry and service to others are to be praised and emulated. Frances is a role model to our youth, a living legend in the music community and an inspiration to humanity."

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