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Sen. Brian Schatz

Senator from Hawaii, Democrat

Schatz, a Democrat, is the senior senator from Hawaii and has served since Dec 27, 2012 (next election in 2022).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Schatz.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Schatz has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Schatz is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Brian Schatz sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Schatz was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Schatz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Health (15%) Transportation and Public Works (13%) Energy (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Education (9%) Native Americans (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Schatz’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Schatz’s Vote Vote Description
Nay On the Nomination PN455: Brock Long, of North Carolina, to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Jun 20, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 95/4.
Nay On the Nomination PN349: Scott P. Brown, of New Hampshire, to be Ambassador to New Zealand, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the ...
Jun 8, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 94/4.
Yea On the Nomination PN43: Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Jan 23, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 66/32.
This vote confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS4), a three-term Congressman first elected in 2010, as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. * * * Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS4), a three-term Congressman first elected in 2010, was President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as CIA Director. ...
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Yea H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.

Missed Votes

From Dec 2012 to Aug 2017, Schatz missed 55 of 1,366 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is much worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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