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 2028 and serves until Jan 3, 2029. He is 50 years old.
He is also Senate Democratic Conference Deputy Secretary, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2022 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, 2019 to Mar 30, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Brian Schatz sits on the following committees:
Schatz was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 989 (117th): Native American Language Resource Center Act of 2022
- S. 1402 (117th): Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2022
- S. 4670 (117th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2023
- S. 4576 (117th): Norman Y. Mineta Japanese American Confinement Education Act
- S. 3533 (117th): Volcanic Ash and Fumes Act of 2022
- S. 2629 (117th): Better Cybercrime Metrics Act
- S. 120 (117th): Safe Connections Act of 2021
Does 15 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 (21%) Health (17%) Education (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Commerce (9%) Native Americans (8%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Schatz recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 1093: A bill to require the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to establish …
- S.Res. 147: A resolution designating April 2023 as “Preserving and Protecting Local News Month” and …
- S.Res. 154: A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of International Transgender Day of Visibility.
- S. 1145: A bill to establish a competitive grant program to support the conservation and …
- S. 1140: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to the …
- S. 1032: A bill to reform Federal Aviation Administration safety requirements for commercial air tour …
- S. 1033: A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to ensure certain projects …
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
As Senate Democratic Conference Deputy Secretary, Schatz may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Dec 2012 to Mar 2023, Schatz missed 117 of 3,523 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. This is worse than the median of 2.3% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2013 Jan-Jan 112th Congress||1||0||0.0%||0th|
|2021 Jan-Jan 116th Congress||2||0||0.0%||0th|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills