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Brian E. Schatz
Brian E. Schatz.jpg
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
Campaign $$1,630,248
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). 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]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Schatz's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

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.[8]

”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.[8]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]


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.[10]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "Yes" Schatz voted in favor of the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[9] 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.[8] Schatz was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[9]

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

Voted "No" 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.[9]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[11]



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.[12] He will face Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary.


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.[13] He received other endorsements from:[14]

  • 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

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.[15]

Brian Schatz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii* Not up for election $402,760
2010 Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii* Not up for election $1,059,313
2004 Hawaii State House District 25 Won $72,615
2002 Hawaii State House District 25 Won $20,618
2000 Hawaii State House District 24 Won $60,467
1998 Hawaii State House District 24 Won $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.[16]

Brian Schatz (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]4/13/2013$0.00$1,115,421.84$(110,582.84)$1,004,839.00
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$1,004,839.00$914,718.10$(267,757.68)$1,651,799.42
Running totals

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.[19] 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.[20]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[21]

Schatz most often votes with:

Schatz least often votes with:

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.[22]

See also

Recent news

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External links


  1. Hawaii Reporter "Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to Replace Inouye in U.S. Senate," December 26, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bioguide "Brian Schatz" Accessed June 20, 2013
  4. Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
  5. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Politico, "Joe Manchin, Brian Schatz ‘no’ on Syria resolution," accessed September 6, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Project Votesmart, "Brian Schatz Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. Politico, "Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz wants review after molasses spill," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," December 24, 2012
  13. Hawaii Star Advertiser "HGEA endorses Schatz for Senate" Accessed June 18, 2013
  14. Brian Schatz "Endorsements" Accessed June 18, 2013
  15. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Brian Schatz," accessed July 18, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "Brian Schatz 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "April quarterly" Accessed July 26, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 26, 2013
  19. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
  20. GovTrack, "Brian Schatz," Accessed March 29, 2013
  21. OpenCongress, "Rep. Brian E. Schatz," Accessed August 2, 2013
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel Akaka (D)
U.S. Senate - Hawaii
Succeeded by