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Sen. Brian Schatz’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Schatz’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Supported government transparency the 13th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Schatz supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Schatz 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Schatz sponsored S. 2852: OPEN Government Data Act

Schatz cosponsored S. 229: DISCLOSE Act of 2015; S. 1538: Fair Elections Now Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (81st percentile); Senate Democrats (73rd percentile); All Senators (82nd percentile).


 

Ranked 21st most liberal compared to 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Schatz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 17th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 11 others)

2 of Schatz’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 1579: NATIVE Act; S. 3097: SelectUSA Authorization Act of 2016

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (19th percentile); Senate Democrats (16th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Was 22nd most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 5 others)

Schatz missed 0.6% of votes (3 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Schatz’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (31st percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Schatz introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1336: South Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation ...; S. 1579: NATIVE Act; S. 2852: OPEN Government Data Act; S. 3097: SelectUSA Authorization Act of 2016

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

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. View Schatz’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (21st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 300 bills that Schatz cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (60th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (65th percentile).

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


 

Bills Cosponsored

Schatz cosponsored 300 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (68th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 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. 723: Utility Energy Service Contracts Improvement ...; S. 877: Police CAMERA Act; S. 1579: NATIVE Act; S. 2100: Tobacco to 21 Act; S. 2484: CONNECT for Health Act; S. 2678: STOP Pain Act; S. 2852: OPEN Government Data Act; S.Res. 109: A resolution acknowledging and honoring ...; S.Res. 143: A resolution supporting efforts to ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (44th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).

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


 

Bills Introduced

Schatz introduced 35 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (44th percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Schatz’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (30th percentile); All Senators (28th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Schatz introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th 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. 1336: South Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation ...; S. 1579: NATIVE Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Schatz tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 11 of Schatz’s 35 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (50th percentile); Senate Democrats (39th percentile); All Senators (42nd percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Schatz’s bills and resolutions had 186 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (44th percentile); Senate Democrats (27th percentile); All Senators (35th percentile).


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.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.