|Brian E. Schatz|
|U.S. Senate, Hawaii|
|December 6, 2010 - Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Daniel Akaka (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Appointed||December 26, 2012|
|Appointed by||Governor Neil Abercrombie|
|Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii|
|Hawaii House of Representatives|
|1998 - 2006|
|Birthday||October 20, 1972|
|Place of birth||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
Schatz was serving as the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii at the time of his appointment to the U.S. Senate. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii from 2010 to 2012 and previously served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Schatz is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
- Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii (2011-2012)
- Chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii (2008-2010)
- Hawaii House of Representatives (1998-2006)
Schatz serves on the following Senate committees:
- United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
- Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
- Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
- Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
- Subcommittee on National Parks
- United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
The 113th Congress has had 22 out of 4,315 introduced bills enacted into law (0.5%) as of August 1, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.5% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. The Senate has confirmed 9,272 out of 15,834 executive nominations received thus far (58.6%). For more information pertaining to Schatz's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Schatz announced on September 5, 2013 that he does not support a Senate resolution to authorize military force in Syria.
”Though all of us are outraged by the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons, I have concluded that a military strike against Syria is not the answer. Therefore, I will oppose this resolution,” Schatz said in a statement.
John Brennan CIA nomination
Schatz voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Schatz voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.
Honolulu Harbor molasses spill
In early September 2013, 1,400 tons of molasses spilled into Honolulu Harbor. The resulting damage was the death of thousands of fish. In response, Schatz called for a review of the molasses shipping system. "It's clear that this wasn't just a mechanical failure of a pipe but also a systems failure," Schatz stated.
No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013
Schatz voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.
2013 Senate Budget Proposal
Schatz voted in favor of the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal. On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Schatz was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.
The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.
The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.
The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.
The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.
Completion of fence along Mexico border
Schatz voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.
Schatz voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.
Previous congressional sessions
Schatz voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.
On December 26, 2012, Gov. Abercrombie named Schatz to fill the vacant seat in the U.S. Senate left by the death of Daniel Inouye. The announcement came as a surprise to many who had expected Abercrombie to honor the late Senator's deathbed request to appoint Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his replacement.
- The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers
- Hawaii Firefighters Association
- United Food and Commercial Workers Local 480
- Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council
- Plumbers Local 675
- Elevator Constructors Local 126
- Drywall, Tapers and Finishers Local 1944
- Glaziers Local 1889
- Boilermakers Local 204
- Painters and Allied Trades Local 1791
- IBEW Local 1186
- Heat and Frost Insulators Local 132
- Teamsters Local 996
- Roofers Local 221
- Iron Workers Local 625
- IBEW Local 1260
- University of Hawaii Professional Assembly
- League of Conservation Voters
- Ocean Champions
- The National Weather Service Employees Organization
- The Council for a Livable World.
Schatz ran on a ticket with Neil Abercrombie. The pair defeated Duke Aiona/Lynn Finnegan (R), Daniel H. Cunningham/Deborah Spence (Free Energy) and Tom Pollard/Leonard I. Kama (Non-Partisan) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
Comprehensive donor information for Schatz is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Schatz raised a total of $1,630,248 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.
|Brian Schatz's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii*||$402,760|
|2010||Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii*||$1,059,313|
|2004||Hawaii State House District 25||$72,615|
|2002||Hawaii State House District 25||$20,618|
|2000||Hawaii State House District 24||$60,467|
|1998||Hawaii State House District 24||$14,475|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,630,248|
|*These were joint-tickets with Governor Neil Abercrombie|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Schatz's reports.
|Brian Schatz (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 13, 2013||$0.00||$1,115,421.84||$(110,582.84)||$1,004,839.00|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$1,004,839.00||$914,718.10||$(267,757.68)||$1,651,799.42|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$1,651,799.42||$677,903.50||$(312,925.42)||$2,016,777.50|
2000-2004 and 2010
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Brian Schatz's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Brian Schatz's Campaign Contributions|
Lt. Governor of Hawaii
Hawaii House of Representatives
Hawaii House of Representatives
Hawaii House of Representatives
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$395,186||$37,137||$120||$0|
|Top 5 contributors||Irwin Schatz||$50,000||University of Hawaii Professional Assembly||$1,750||Electrical Workers Local 1186||$1,000||Hawaii State Teachers Association||$3,500|
|Brian Schatz||$15,000||Hoike technology||$1,500||University of Hawaii Professional Assembly||$738||University of Hawaii Professional Assembly||$2,250|
|Electrical Workers Local 1186||$12,000||TMCE Inc, Hawaii Insurers Council, Christopher Andrasick and Lynn McCrory||$1,000 each||American Resort Development Association, Hoike Technology,|
Tesoro Corp, Outrigger Enterprises and Lamarr Cooler
|$500 each||Jim & Constance Groway||$2,000|
|Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory, Longshore & Warehouse Local 142|
and Hawaii Association of Realtors
|$6,000 each||Outrigger Enterprises||$750||Jonathan Starr & Helen Nielson||$400||Longshore & Warehouse Local 142||$1,750|
|Glaziers Architectural Metal & Glassworkers Local 189, Operating Engineers Local 3|
and 12 individual donors
|$6,000 each||Kent Tsukamoto||$700||HSFFA PAC||$300||Digital Works and Hawaii Electrical Marketing Enhancement Program||$1,500 each|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Schatz missed 0 of 112 roll call votes from Dec 2012 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.00%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
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Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Brian E. Schatz has voted with the Democratic Party 97.7% of the time, which ranked 7th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.
- Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
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- United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014
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- Sen. Schatz to co-sponsor bill aimed at lowering college costs - Hawaii News Now
- Mayor Bloomberg To Headline Sen. Schatz Fundraiser In Hawaii - Huffington Post
- Senator Schatz is Wrong about Wind Energy - Hawaii Reporter
- The Fix's top 10 primaries of 2014 - Washington Post (blog)
- 'Star Trek' actor endorses Hanabusa - The Hill (blog)
- Schatz fights for Emergency Unemployment Insurance - Hawaii 24/7 (press release)
- Senate Extends Undetectable Guns Ban, Sans Schatz Amendments - Honolulu Civil Beat (blog)
- Schatz co-sponsors bill protecting access to reproductive care - Hawaii 24/7 (press release)
- Sen. Schatz ?talks story' with students - The University of Hawaii Kaleo
- Hanabusa Wants Senate Candidate Forums With Schatz - Honolulu Civil Beat (blog)
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- ↑ Hawaii Reporter "Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to Replace Inouye in U.S. Senate," December 26, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bioguide "Brian Schatz" Accessed June 20, 2013
- ↑ Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
- ↑ Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," August 1, 2013
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Politico, "Joe Manchin, Brian Schatz ‘no’ on Syria resolution," accessed September 6, 2013
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Project Votesmart, "Brian Schatz Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- ↑ Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
- ↑ Politico, "Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz wants review after molasses spill," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ↑ Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
- ↑ Hawaii Star Advertiser "HGEA endorses Schatz for Senate" Accessed June 18, 2013
- ↑ Brian Schatz "Endorsements" Accessed June 18, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Brian Schatz," accessed July 18, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Brian Schatz 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 29, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "April quarterly" Accessed July 26, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 26, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
- ↑ GovTrack, "Brian Schatz," Accessed March 29, 2013
- ↑ OpenCongress, "Rep. Brian E. Schatz," Accessed August 2, 2013
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
Daniel Akaka (D)
|U.S. Senate - Hawaii
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