|Brian E. Schatz|
|U.S. Senate, Hawaii|
|December 6, 2010 - Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Daniel Akaka (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||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|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Key votes
- 3.1 113th Congress
- 3.2 National security
- 3.3 Economy
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Personal Gain Index
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
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 Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic 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 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Schatz's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
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.
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. 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. Schatz joined with 46 other Democratic senators in favor of the bill.
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. The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. 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.
- 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 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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Violence Against Women (2013)
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 an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members 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 quiz, Schatz is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Schatz received a score of 50 percent on personal issues and 29 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Favors||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Favors|
|Vouchers for school choice||Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Opposes||Human needs over animal rights||Strongly Opposes|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Favors||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Favors|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Favors||Expand the military||Unknown|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Favors||Stay out of Iran||Favors|
|Privatize Social Security||Strongly Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Favors|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
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.
”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.
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.
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.
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 are Republican.
- 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|
|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|
|Year-end||January 31, 2014||$2,016,777||$704,609||$(302,011)||$2,419,375|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$2,419,375||$601,324||$(601,224)||$2,419,475|
2000-2004 and 2010
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|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|
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index
The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the U.S. Congress may benefit from their tenure as public servants. Researchers at the Government Accountability Institute will look at four different metrics pointing to aspects of self-enrichment.
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:
- Net worth
- How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
- The K-Street metric (coming soon)
- What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
- Donation concentration (coming soon)
- What industries are contributing the most to each member?
- Stock trading (coming soon)
- What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?
PGI: Net worth
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. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Brian Schatz Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
Lifetime voting record
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.
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
Schatz voted with the Democratic Party 97.7% of the time, which ranked 7th among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.
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- Hawaii Reporter, "Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to Replace Inouye in U.S. Senate," accessed December 26, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," accessed December 26, 2012
- Bioguide, "Brian Schatz," accessed June 20, 2013
- Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," accessed 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, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Brian Schatz Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
- Senate.gov, "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013)," accessed February 12, 2014
- NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- 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
- U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
- On The Issues, "Brian Schatz Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- Politico, "Joe Manchin, Brian Schatz ‘no’ on Syria resolution," accessed September 6, 2013
- Politico, "Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz wants review after molasses spill," accessed September 16, 2013
- Civil Beat, "Inouye's Last Wish Is Abercrombie's Biggest Burden," accessed December 24, 2012
- National Journal, "Ranking the Top 5 Senators Vulnerable in 2014 Primaries," accessed December 31, 2013
- 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
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 19, 2014
- Follow the Money.org
- OpenSecrets, "Schatz, (D-HI), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- GovTrackm "Brian Schatz," accessed March 29, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Brian E. Schatz," accessed August 2, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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