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|Position = U.S. Senate, Hawaii
 
|Position = U.S. Senate, Hawaii
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Tenure = December 6, 2010 - Present
 
|Tenure = December 6, 2010 - Present
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
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|Term ends = January 3, 2021
 
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|Assumed office = 2012
 
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|Last election = [[United States Congress special elections, 2013-2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Cost per vote 2014 = $20.89
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|Appointed = December 26, 2012
 
|Appointed = December 26, 2012
 
|Appointed by = [[Governor of Hawaii|Governor]] [[Neil Abercrombie]]
 
|Appointed by = [[Governor of Hawaii|Governor]] [[Neil Abercrombie]]
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|First elected = November 4, 2014
 
|Term limits = N/A
 
|Term limits = N/A
|Next election = [[United States Congress special elections, 2013-2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next election = November 8, 2016
 
|Prior office = Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
 
|Prior office = Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
 
|Prior office years = 2010-2012
 
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{{tnr}}'''Brian E. Schatz''' (b. October 20, 1972, in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from [[Hawaii]]. He was appointed on December 26, 2012, by [[Governor of Hawaii|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.<ref>[http://www.hawaiireporter.com/lt-gov-brian-schatz-to-replace-inouye-in-u-s-senate/123 ''Hawaii Reporter'', "Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to Replace Inouye in U.S. Senate," accessed December 26, 2012]</ref><ref name=senapt>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/12/26/hawaii-governor-picks-brian-schatz-ignoring-inouyes-final-wish/ ''The Washington Post'', "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," accessed December 26, 2012]</ref><ref name="bioguide"/>
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{{tnr}}'''Brian E. Schatz''' (b. October 20, 1972, in Ann Arbor, [[Michigan|MI]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from [[Hawaii]]. He was appointed on December 26, 2012, by [[Governor of Hawaii|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.<ref>[http://www.hawaiireporter.com/lt-gov-brian-schatz-to-replace-inouye-in-u-s-senate/123 ''Hawaii Reporter'', "Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to Replace Inouye in U.S. Senate," accessed December 26, 2012]</ref><ref name=senapt>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/12/26/hawaii-governor-picks-brian-schatz-ignoring-inouyes-final-wish/ ''The Washington Post'', "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," accessed December 26, 2012]</ref><ref name="bioguide"/>
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He ran against [[Cam Cavasso]] in the 2014 Hawaii Special Election. {{Winner2014}}
  
 
Schatz was serving as the [[Democratic]] [[Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii]] at the time of his appointment to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]].<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S001194 ''Bioguide'', "Brian Schatz," accessed June 20, 2013]</ref> He served as [[Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii]] from 2010 to 2012 and previously served in the [[Hawaii House of Representatives]] from 1998 to 2006.<ref name="bioguide"/>
 
Schatz was serving as the [[Democratic]] [[Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii]] at the time of his appointment to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]].<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S001194 ''Bioguide'', "Brian Schatz," accessed June 20, 2013]</ref> He served as [[Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii]] from 2010 to 2012 and previously served in the [[Hawaii House of Representatives]] from 1998 to 2006.<ref name="bioguide"/>
  
Schatz will run for election to the remainder of the term in the [[United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014|2014 special election]].<ref>[http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/12/24/17949-inouyes-last-wish-is-abercrombies-biggest-burden/ ''Civil Beat'', "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," accessed December 24, 2012]</ref> He will face [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Colleen Hanabusa]] in the [[United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014|election]].
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Schatz ran for election to the remainder of the term in the [[United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014|2014 special election]].<ref>[http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/12/24/17949-inouyes-last-wish-is-abercrombies-biggest-burden/ ''Civil Beat'', "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," accessed December 24, 2012]</ref> He won the tight Democratic primary. Schatz and [[Colleen Hanabusa]] were separated by less than one percent of the votes.<ref name="noresult">[http://www.chron.com/news/article/Brian-Hanabusa-Colleen-Schatz-reach-showdown-5679067.php ''Chronicle'', "Schatz, Hanabusa Senate primary too close to call," accessed August 10, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Career==
 
==Career==
*[[Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii]] (2011-2012)
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Schatz's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S001194 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Brian Schatz," accessed January 22, 2015]</ref>
*Chairman of the [[Democratic Party]] of [[Hawaii]] (2008-2010)
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*[[Hawaii House of Representatives]] (1998-2006)
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*2013-present: U.S. Senator from [[Hawaii]]
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*2010-2012: [[Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii]]  
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*2008-2010: Chairman of the [[Democratic Party]] of [[Hawaii]]  
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*1998-2006: [[Hawaii House of Representatives]]
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
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====2015-2016====
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Schatz serves on the following committees:<ref>[https://www.senate.gov/general/committee_assignments/assignments.htm ''United States Senate'', "Committee Assignments of the 114th Congress," accessed February 17, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations|Appropriations Committee]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations#Defense|Subcommittee on Defense]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations#Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies|Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations#Legislative Branch|Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch]], ''Ranking Member''
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations#Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies|Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Appropriations#Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies|Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation|Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation#Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security|Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation#Communications, Technology, and the Internet|Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet]], ''Ranking Member''
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation#Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard|Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation#Space, Science, and Competitiveness|Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness]]
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**[[United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation#Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security|Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Ethics (Select)|Select Committee on Ethics]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs|Indian Affairs Committee]]
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====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Schatz serves on the following Senate committees<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'', "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>:
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Schatz served on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'', "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation]]
 
**Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
 
**Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
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**Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet  
 
**Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet  
 
**Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security  
 
**Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security  
*[[United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources]]
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*[[United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources|Energy and Natural Resources Committee]]
 
**Subcommittee on Water and Power
 
**Subcommittee on Water and Power
 
**Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
 
**Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
 
**Subcommittee on National Parks
 
**Subcommittee on National Parks
*[[United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs]]
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*United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Legislative actions===
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====Economic and fiscal====
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====National security====
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===National security===
=====American response in Syria=====
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====John Brennan CIA nomination====
: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/17852/brian-schatz#.Ul7aY1N0I7I ''Project Vote Smart'', "Brian Schatz Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
  
Schatz announced on September 5, 2013, that he did not support a Senate resolution to authorize military force in Syria.<ref name="syria">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/joe-manchin-syria-96343.html#ixzz2e8n2jiRD ''Politico'', "Joe Manchin, Brian Schatz ‘no’ on Syria resolution," accessed September 6, 2013]</ref>
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===Economy===
 
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====Farm bill====
”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.<ref name="syria"/>
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=====John Brennan CIA nomination=====
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{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/17852/brian-schatz#.Ul7aY1N0I7I ''Project Vote Smart'', "Brian Schatz Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref>
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====Economy====
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=====Farm bill=====
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{{Senate Farm Bill Dem Yes|Name=Schatz}}
 
{{Senate Farm Bill Dem Yes|Name=Schatz}}
  
=====2014 Budget=====
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====2014 Budget====
 
{{Senate Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Schatz}}
 
{{Senate Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Schatz}}
  
=====Government shutdown=====
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====Government shutdown====
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
  
{{Support vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov'', "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|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 funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov'', "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
 
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=====Honolulu Harbor molasses spill=====
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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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/hawaii-senator-brian-schatz-molasses-spill-96853.html ''Politico'', "Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz wants review after molasses spill," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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=====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013=====
 
=====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013=====
{{Support vote}} 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 suspend 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Yea vote}} 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 suspend 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====2013 Senate Budget Proposal=====
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===Immigration===
{{Support vote}} Schatz voted in favor of the 2013 [[United States Senate|Senate]] Budget Proposal.<ref name="votes"/> 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====Mexico-U.S. border=====
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
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.
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===Social issues===
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=====Violence Against Women (2013)=====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
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.
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Yea vote}} 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 an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
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.
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s080_030.gif|right|290px|thumb|Brian Schatz's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/ VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, Schatz is a '''Libertarian-Leaning Progressive'''.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Schatz|Philosophy=Libertarian-Leaning Progressive|Image=s080_030.gif|Date=May 20, 2015|Link=http://senate.ontheissues.org/Senate/Brian_Schatz.htm|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://senate.ontheissues.org/Senate/Brian_Schatz.htm ''On The Issues'', "Brian Schatz Vote Match," accessed May 20, 2015]</ref>
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|Environment= Strongly Opposes
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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.
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===National security===
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====American response in Syria====
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
  
====Immigration====
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Schatz announced on September 5, 2013, that he did not support a Senate resolution to authorize military force in Syria.<ref name="syria">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/joe-manchin-syria-96343.html#ixzz2e8n2jiRD ''Politico'', "Joe Manchin, Brian Schatz ‘no’ on Syria resolution," accessed September 6, 2013]</ref>
=====Mexico-U.S. border=====
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{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Social Issues====
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”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.<ref name="syria"/>
=====Violence Against Women (2013)=====
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{{Support vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Previous congressional sessions====
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===Economy===
=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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=====Honolulu Harbor molasses spill=====
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/hawaii-senator-brian-schatz-molasses-spill-96853.html ''Politico'', "Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz wants review after molasses spill," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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On December 26, 2012, [[Governor of Hawaii|Gov.]] Abercrombie named Schatz to fill the vacant seat in the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] left by the death of [[Daniel Inouye|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.<ref name=senapt/>  
 
On December 26, 2012, [[Governor of Hawaii|Gov.]] Abercrombie named Schatz to fill the vacant seat in the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] left by the death of [[Daniel Inouye|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.<ref name=senapt/>  
  
Schatz will run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.<ref>[http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/12/24/17949-inouyes-last-wish-is-abercrombies-biggest-burden/ ''Civil Beat'', "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," accessed December 24, 2012]</ref> He will face [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[Colleen Hanabusa]] in the [[United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014|Democratic primary]].
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Schatz {{2014isrunning}} for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.<ref>[http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/12/24/17949-inouyes-last-wish-is-abercrombies-biggest-burden/ ''Civil Beat'', "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," accessed December 24, 2012]</ref> Schatz won the 2014 [[Democratic]] primary. Challenger [[Colleen Hanabusa]] and incumbent [[Brian Schatz]] were separated by less than one percent of the votes.<ref name="noresult"/>
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{{youtube|title=TDLh9Di4pMM|size=250|caption=Brian Schatz's first ad, released in March 2014, "Commitment."}}
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{{youtube|title=sFXWvN3aJNg|size=250|caption=Brian Schatz's second ad, released in April 2014, "Opportunity."}}
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{{youtube|title=D9q4WOIOLPw|size=250|caption=Brian Schatz's third ad, released in April 2014, "Two Reaons."}}
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====Endorsements====
 
====Endorsements====
On June 15, 2013, the Hawaii Government Employees Association endorsed Schatz over [[U.S. House|U.S. Rep.]] [[Colleen Hanabusa]] in the Democratic primary for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]].<ref>[http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20130615_HGEA_endorses_Schatz_for_Senate.html ''Hawaii Star Advertiser'', "HGEA endorses Schatz for Senate," accessed June 18, 2013]</ref>  He received other endorsements from:<ref>[http://action.brianschatz.com/endorsements ''Brian Schatz'', "Endorsements," accessed June 18, 2013]</ref>
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On June 15, 2013, the Hawaii Government Employees Association endorsed Schatz over [[U.S. House|U.S. Rep.]] [[Colleen Hanabusa]] in the Democratic primary for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]].<ref>[http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20130615_HGEA_endorses_Schatz_for_Senate.html ''Hawaii Star Advertiser'', "HGEA endorses Schatz for Senate," accessed June 18, 2013]</ref>  He received other endorsements from:<ref>[http://action.brianschatz.com/endorsements ''Brian Schatz'', "Endorsements," accessed June 18, 2013] ''([[dead link]])''</ref>
 
* The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers
 
* The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers
 
*Hawaii Firefighters Association
 
*Hawaii Firefighters Association
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:: ''See also: [[Hawaii lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010]]'' and ''[[Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''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 election results|November 2, 2010]].
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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 (Hawaii)|Tom Pollard]]/[[Leonard I. Kama]] (Non-Partisan) in the general election on [[November 2, 2010 election results|November 2, 2010]].
  
 
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|winner1 =Neil Abercrombie and Brian Schatz
 
|winner1 =Neil Abercrombie and Brian Schatz
 
|candidate2 = Duke Aiona and Lynn Finnegan
 
|candidate2 = Duke Aiona and Lynn Finnegan
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/537/Brian-Schatz Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Schatz attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
|Name=Schatz
 
|Name=Schatz
 
|year=1998
 
|year=1998
|Editdate=July 18, 2013
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|Editdate=April 21, 2015
|link=<ref>[http://followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=3358 ''Follow the Money'', "Career fundraising for Brian Schatz," accessed July 18, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=3358 ''Follow the Money'', "Career fundraising for Brian Schatz," accessed July 18, 2013]</ref><ref>[https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2014&cid=N00028138&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Sen. Brian Schatz," accessed April 21, 2015]</ref>
 
|party=Democratic
 
|party=Democratic
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|totalraised2014=6109936
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|result2014=Won
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|office2014=[[U.S. Senate]] (Hawaii)
 
|totalraised2012=402760
 
|totalraised2012=402760
 
|result2012=N/A
 
|result2012=N/A
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===2014===
 
===2014===
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.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00540732 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Brian Schatz 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 29, 2013]</ref>
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Schatz won election to the [[U.S. Senate]] in 2014. During that election cycle, Schatz's campaign committee raised a total of $6,109,936 and spent $5,156,058.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00028138&cycle=2014 ''Open Secrets'', "Brian Schatz 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 13, 2015]</ref> This is less than the average $10.6 million spent by Senate winners in 2014.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/bigspenders.php?cycle=2014&display=A&sort=O&Memb=S ''Open Secrets'', "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 13, 2015]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Schatz spent $20.89 per general election vote received in 2014.
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{{Congress donor box 2014
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|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. Senate, Hawaii
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|party = Democratic
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|total raised = $6,109,936
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|total spent = $5,156,058
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|opponent raised =$559,586
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|opponent spent =$539,273
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|org1 = League of Conservation Voters
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|org2 = JStreetPAC
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|org3 = Comcast Corp
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|org4 = Navatek Ltd
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|org5 = WPP Group
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|orgdonor1 = $83,019
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|orgdonor2 = $69,550
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|orgdonor3 = $34,300
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|orgdonor4 = $32,600
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|orgdonor5 = $31,900
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|ind1 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|ind2 = Real Estate
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|ind3 = Leadership PACs
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|ind4 = Securities & Investment
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|ind5 = Sea Transport
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|inddonor1 = $639,653
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|inddonor2 = $322,528
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|inddonor3 = $260,200
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|inddonor4 = $194,020
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|inddonor5 = $137,300
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|}}
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Brian Schatz Donors 2014.JPG|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Schatz's campaign funds before the 2014 election.]]}}
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Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the 2014 elections season. Below are Schatz's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00540732 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Brian Schatz 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 29, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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|outstate4=$1,300
 
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of two different metrics:
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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[[File:Net Worth Metric graphic.png|left|170px]]
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Schatz's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $135,016 and $504,000. That averages to '''$319,508''', which was lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333. Schatz ranked as the 89th most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00028138&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Schatz, (D-HI), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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===PGI: Donation Concentration Metric===
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Schatz received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Lawyers/Law Firms'' industry.
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From 2005-2014, '''28.2 percent of Schatz's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00028138&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Sen. Brian Schatz," accessed September 18, 2014]</ref>
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[[File:Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png|left|179px]]
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{{Cong career industries
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|total raised = 5227072
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|total spent = 4250107
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|ind1 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|ind2 = Real Estate
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|ind3 = Leadership PACs
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|ind4 = Securities & Investment
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|ind5 = Retired
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|inddonor1 = 633203
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|inddonor2 = 320895
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|inddonor3 = 221200
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|inddonor4 = 165970
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|inddonor5 = 133000
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
===Lifetime voting record===
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===Ideology and leadership===
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Schatz missed 0 of 112 roll call votes from December 2012 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.00%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/brian_schatz/412507 ''GovTrack''m "Brian Schatz," accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Schatz was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic follower]]" as of July 22, 2014.<ref>[https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/brian_schatz/412507 ''GovTrack'', "Brian Schatz," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
 
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*{{reddot}} [[Susan Collins]]
 
*{{reddot}} [[Susan Collins]]
*{{bluedot}} [[Maria Cantwell]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Ben Cardin]]
 
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Schatz least often votes with:
*{{reddot}} [[Ted Cruz]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Jim Risch]]
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Joe Manchin]]
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Joe Manchin]]
 
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Schatz missed 35 of 544 roll call votes from December 2012 to July 2014. This amounts to 6.4 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0% among currently serving senators as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/brian_schatz/412507 ''GovTrack'', "Brian Schatz," accessed July 13, 2014]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
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====2013====
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Schatz ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," July 22, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Voting with party===
 
===Voting with party===
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|party=Democratic
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|name=Schatz
 
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|rank=7th
 
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|total=52
 
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|year=June 2013
 
|DSen=Y
 
|DSen=Y
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===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Schatz's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $135,016 and $504,000. That averages to '''$319,508''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333. Schatz ranked as the 89th most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00028138&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Schatz, (D-HI), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref>
 
 
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Brian E. Schatz
Brian Schatz, official portrait, 113th Congress 2.jpg
U.S. Senate, Hawaii
Incumbent
In office
December 6, 2010 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2021
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDaniel Akaka (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$20.89 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$7,740,184
AppointedDecember 26, 2012
Appointed byGovernor Neil Abercrombie
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii
2010-2012
Hawaii House of Representatives
1998 - 2006
Education
Bachelor'sPomona College
Personal
Date of birthOctober 20, 1972
Place of birthAnn Arbor, Michigan
Net worth$319,508
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Brian E. Schatz (b. October 20, 1972, in Ann Arbor, MI) 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]

He ran against Cam Cavasso in the 2014 Hawaii Special Election. Brian Schatz won the general election on November 4, 2014.

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 ran for election to the remainder of the term in the 2014 special election.[4] He won the tight Democratic primary. Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa were separated by less than one percent of the votes.[5]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Schatz is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Schatz's academic, professional and political career:[6]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2015-2016

Schatz serves on the following committees:[7]

2013-2014

Schatz served on the following Senate committees:[8]

  • 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
  • Energy and Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power
    • Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
    • Subcommittee on National Parks
  • United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Key votes

114th Congress

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The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] The Senate has confirmed 3,934 out of 5,051 executive nominations received (77.9 percent). For more information pertaining to Schatz's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Nay3.png On May 5, 2015, the Senate voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 51-48. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. The vote marked the first time since 2009 that Congress approved a joint budget resolution. All 44 Democrats, including Schatz, voted against the resolution.[11][12][13]

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[14] 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.[15]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png 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.[16]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[17] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in if or when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18] Schatz joined with 46 other Democratic senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[19][20] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Schatz voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[19][20]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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 funded 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.[22] 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.[23]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png 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 suspend 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.[16]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png 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.[16]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png 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.[16]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png 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 an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Brian Schatz's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, Schatz is a Libertarian-Leaning Progressive.[25] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Schatz announced on September 5, 2013, that he did not support a Senate resolution to authorize military force in Syria.[26]

”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.[26]

Economy

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.[27]

Elections

2014

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]

U.S. Senate, Hawaii General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Schatz Incumbent 66.8% 246,770
     Republican Cam Cavasso 26.5% 97,983
     Libertarian Michael Kokoski 2.4% 8,936
Total Votes 353,689
Source: State of Hawaii, Secretary of State

Schatz ran for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.[28] Schatz won the 2014 Democratic primary. Challenger Colleen Hanabusa and incumbent Brian Schatz were separated by less than one percent of the votes.[5]

U.S. Senate, Hawaii Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Schatz Incumbent 49.3% 115,445
Colleen Hanabusa 48.6% 113,663
Brian Evans 2.1% 4,842
Total Votes 233,950
Source: Hawaii Office of Elections

Primary vulnerability

Schatz was named by National Journal as one of the top five incumbent senators at risk of losing his or her primary election. Four of the five most vulnerable senators were Republican.[29]

Media


Brian Schatz's first ad, released in March 2014, "Commitment."

Brian Schatz's second ad, released in April 2014, "Opportunity."

Brian Schatz's third ad, released in April 2014, "Two Reaons."

Endorsements

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.[30] He received other endorsements from:[31]

  • 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.

2010

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
     Nonpartisan Tom Pollard and Leonard Kama 0.3% 1,263
Total Votes 382,563

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Schatz attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Schatz is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Schatz raised a total of $7,740,184 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 21, 2015.[32][33]

Brian Schatz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. Senate (Hawaii) Won $6,109,936
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 $7,740,184
*These were joint-tickets with Governor Neil Abercrombie

2014

Schatz won election to the U.S. Senate in 2014. During that election cycle, Schatz's campaign committee raised a total of $6,109,936 and spent $5,156,058.[34] This is less than the average $10.6 million spent by Senate winners in 2014.[35]

Cost per vote

Schatz spent $20.89 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. Senate, Hawaii, 2014 - Brian Schatz Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $6,109,936
Total Spent $5,156,058
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $559,586
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $539,273
Top contributors to Brian Schatz's campaign committee
League of Conservation Voters$83,019
JStreetPAC$69,550
Comcast Corp$34,300
Navatek Ltd$32,600
WPP Group$31,900
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$639,653
Real Estate$322,528
Leadership PACs$260,200
Securities & Investment$194,020
Sea Transport$137,300

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Schatz's reports.[36]

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


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Schatz's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $135,016 and $504,000. That averages to $319,508, which was lower than the average net worth of Democratic senators in 2012 of $13,566,333. Schatz ranked as the 89th most wealthy senator in 2012.[45] Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[46]

Brian Schatz Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$319,508
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Schatz received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2005-2014, 28.2 percent of Schatz's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[47]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Brian Schatz Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $5,227,072
Total Spent $4,250,107
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$633,203
Real Estate$320,895
Leadership PACs$221,200
Securities & Investment$165,970
Retired$133,000
% total in top industry12.11%
% total in top two industries18.25%
% total in top five industries28.2%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schatz was a "moderate Democratic follower" as of July 22, 2014.[48]

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.[49]

Schatz most often votes with:

Schatz least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Schatz missed 35 of 544 roll call votes from December 2012 to July 2014. This amounts to 6.4 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0% among currently serving senators as of July 2014.[50]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Schatz ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2013.[51]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Schatz voted with the Democratic Party 98.1 percent of the time, which ranked 5th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2014.[52]

2013

Schatz voted with the Democratic Party 97.7 percent of the time, which ranked 7th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[53]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

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  46. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
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  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel Akaka (D)
U.S. Senate - Hawaii
2013–present
Succeeded by
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