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Sen. Brian Schatz’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Hawaii
Democrat
Serving Dec 27, 2012 – Jan 3, 2023


These special statistics cover Schatz’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Schatz’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Ideology Score

the most liberal among All Senators

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Schatz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Freshmen the most liberal out of 17
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Senate Democrats the most liberal out of 53
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All Senators the most liberal out of 100
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Missed Votes

the most absent among Senate Freshmen

Schatz missed 7.6% of votes (50 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Schatz’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Freshmen the most absent out of 17 0
8% missed votes View All
All Senators 10th most absent out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

the least bipartisan among Senate Freshmen

Of the 338 bills that Schatz cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Freshmen the least bipartisan out of 16 14
38% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 4th least bipartisan out of 53 12
48% of bills View All
All Senators 4th least bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Bills Out of Committee

2nd most bills among Senate Freshmen; tied with 1 other

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schatz introduced 5 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: S. 2019: SECURE Water Amendments Act of ...; S. 2030: National Sea Grant College Program ...; S. 2484: South Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation ...; S.Res. 292: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.J.Res. 12: A joint resolution to consent ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 17 0
15 bills View All
Senate Democrats 25th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 53 0
30 bills View All
All Senators 33rd most bills (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

7th worst score among Senate Democrats

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Schatz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Freshmen 8th worst score out of 17
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Senate Democrats 7th worst score out of 53
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All Senators 16th worst score out of 100
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Cosponsors

7th fewest cosponsors among Senate Democrats

Schatz’s bills and resolutions had 80 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Freshmen 8th fewest cosponsors out of 17 23
809 cosponsors View All
Senate Democrats 7th fewest cosponsors out of 53 23
894 cosponsors View All
All Senators 15th fewest cosponsors (tied w/ 1) out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

8th most bills among All Senators

Schatz cosponsored 338 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 2nd most bills out of 17 112
403 bills View All
Senate Democrats 8th most bills out of 53 95
449 bills View All
All Senators 8th most bills out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Working with the House

8th fewest bills among Senate Democrats; tied with 3 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 4 of Schatz’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 690: Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of ...; S. 726: Rural Preventive Health Care Training ...; S. 1046: Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments ...; S. 2986: A bill to require the ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 17 0
15 bills View All
Senate Democrats 8th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 53 0
32 bills View All
All Senators 21st fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

9th fewest bills among Senate Democrats; tied with 3 others

2 of Schatz’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 1046: Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments ...; S.Res. 292: A resolution expressing support for ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 6th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 17 0
12 bills View All
Senate Democrats 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 53 0
20 bills View All
All Senators 20th fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

11th lowest % of bills among Senate Democrats

Schatz tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 24% of Schatz’s 25 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Freshmen 6th lowest % of bills out of 14 5
65% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 11th lowest % of bills out of 51 8
65% of bills View All
All Senators 28th lowest % of bills out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Bills Introduced

12th fewest bills among Senate Democrats; tied with 2 others

Schatz introduced 25 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 3rd most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 17 7
62 bills View All
Senate Democrats 12th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 53 9
107 bills View All
All Senators 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Government Transparency

17th most supportive among All Senators; tied with 12 others

GovTrack looked at whether Schatz supported any of 8 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Schatz 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1467: FISA Court Reform Act of ...

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Freshmen the most supportive (tied w/ 4) out of 17 0
2 points View All
Senate Democrats 15th most supportive (tied w/ 9) out of 53 0
8 points View All
All Senators 17th most supportive (tied w/ 12) out of 100 0
8 points View All
 

Laws Enacted

33rd fewest bills among All Senators; tied with 31 others

Schatz introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 1046: Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Freshmen 2nd most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 17 0
2 laws View All
Senate Democrats 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 13) out of 53 0
7 laws View All
All Senators 33rd fewest bills (tied w/ 31) out of 100 0
7 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Committee Positions

Schatz held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Schatz’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Freshmen the highest score (tied w/ 2) out of 17 0
2 points View All
Senate Democrats 14th lowest score (tied w/ 16) out of 53 0
16 points View All
All Senators 20th lowest score (tied w/ 31) out of 100 0
16 points View All

Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.