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.
Read our 2018 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 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 from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 5, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Brian Schatz sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Member, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Aviation and Space
- Member, Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather
- Member, Subcommittee on Security
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Member, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
- Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
- Senate Select Committee on Ethics
Schatz was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- S. 770: 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 5 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 (23%) Health (15%) Education (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Energy (5%)
Some of Schatz’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2961: Data Care Act of 2019
- S. 2937: Treating Workers with Dignity Act of 2019
- S. 2956: Investing in America’s Digital Infrastructure Act
- S. 2903: Climate Change Financial Risk Act of 2019
- S. 2859: Ensuring Access to General Surgery Act of 2019
- S. 2741: Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act ...
- S. 2693: Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act of 2019
From Dec 2012 to Dec 2019, Schatz missed 69 of 2,163 roll call votes, which is 3.2%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% 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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