Schatz is the senior senator from Hawaii and is a Democrat. He has served since Dec 27, 2012. Schatz is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
Read our 2020 Report Card for Schatz.
Schatz is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Schatz has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 22, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Brian Schatz sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Chair
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee Chair
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy, State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development subcommittees
- Senate Select Committee on Ethics
Schatz was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- S. 732 (116th): AMBER Alert Nationwide Act of 2019
- S. 2693 (116th): Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act of 2020
- S. 770 (115th): NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act
- S. 1579 (114th): NATIVE Act
- S. 2678 (114th): STOP Pain Act
- S. 1336 (114th): South Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act
- S. 1046 (113th): Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2013
Does 7 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Schatz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (24%) Health (17%) Education (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Commerce (6%) Transportation and Public Works (5%)
Some of Schatz’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2471: A bill to establish a community disaster assistance fund for housing and community ...
- S. 2420: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a ...
- S.Res. 297: A resolution recognizing the commemorating Native Hawaiian Delegate Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole’s lifelong advocacy ...
- S. 2301: College Equity Act of 2021
- S. 2237: Community College Student Success Act of 2021
- S. 2264: Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2021
- S. 2095: Emergency Grants of Release And Compassion Effectively Act of 2021
From Dec 2012 to Jul 2021, Schatz missed 101 of 2,775 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is worse than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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