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Brian E. Schatz
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U.S. Senate, Hawaii
In office
December 6, 2010 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorDaniel Akaka (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedDecember 26, 2012
Appointed byGovernor Neil Abercrombie
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
Hawaii House of Representatives
1998 - 2006
Bachelor'sPomona College
Date of birthOctober 20, 1972
Place of birthAnn Arbor, Michigan
Office website
Campaign website
Brian E. Schatz (b. October 20, 1972 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from Hawaii. He was appointed on December 26, 2012 by Governor Neil Abercrombie to fill the vacancy left by the death of veteran Sen. Daniel Inouye (D) on December 17, 2012. Schatz was sworn into office on Thursday, December 27, 2012.[1][2][3]

Schatz was serving as the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii at the time of his appointment to the U.S. Senate.[3] He served as Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii from 2010 to 2012 and previously served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006.[3]

Schatz will run for election to the remainder of the term in the 2014 special election.[4] He will face Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the election.

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.


Committee Assignments

U.S. Senate


Schatz serves on the following Senate committees[5]:


Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[6]



See also: United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014

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.[2]

Schatz will run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.[7] He will face Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the election.


On June 15, 2013 the Hawaii Government Employees Association endorsed Schatz over U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.[8] He received other endorsements from:[9]

  • 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.


See also: Hawaii lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

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.

Governor and Lt. Governor of Hawaii, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNeil Abercrombie and Brian Schatz 58.2% 222,724
     Republican Duke Aiona and Lynn Finnegan 41.1% 157,311
     Free Energy Daniel Cunningham and Deborah Spence 0.3% 1,265
     Non-partisan Tom Pollard and Leonard Kama 0.3% 1,263
Total Votes 382,563

Campaign donors

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.[10] Click [show] for more information.


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[11]

Voting with party


Brian E. Schatz voted with the Democratic Party 97.7% of the time, which ranked 7th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[12]

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel Akaka (D)
U.S. Senate - Hawaii
Succeeded by