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Sen. Brian Schatz

Senator for Hawaii

pronounced BRĪ-in // shahts

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.

Photo of Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Schatz.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Brian Schatz sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Schatz was the primary sponsor of 5 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 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Schatz sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Health (16%) Education (11%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Energy (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (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 PN914: Jennifer Gillian Newstead, of New York, to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State
Dec 19, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 88/11.
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 2018, Schatz missed 57 of 1,689 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is 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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