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Brian SchatzDEMDemocrat United States Senator
50
Years of Age
20
Years of Experience
HIResidence (state)

Brian Emanuel Schatz (born October 20, 1972) is an American educator and politician serving as the senior United States senator from Hawaii, a seat he has held since 2012. Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Schatz to replace Senator Daniel Inouye after Inouye's death. Schatz served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006, representing the 25th legislative district, and was chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii from 2008 to 2010. He also worked as chief executive officer of Helping Hands Hawaii, an Oahu nonprofit social service agency, until he resigned to run for lieutenant governor of Hawaii in the 2010 gubernatorial election as Abercrombie's running mate. He served as lieutenant governor until December 26, 2012, when Abercrombie appointed him to serve the rest of Daniel Inouye's U.S. Senate term after Inouye's death. Schatz was the youngest U.S. senator in the 112th Congress. He won the 2014 special election to complete the remainder of Inouye's Senate term with just under 70% of the vote, was reelected in 2016 with 73.6%, and again in 2022 with 71.2%.

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Campaign Funding

20
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$10,853,661
Total Raised
$8,243,235
Total Spent
$2,610,427
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,103,607
57%
Real Estate$639,372
43%
Leadership PACs$478,200
35%
Retired$390,392
32%
Securities & Investment$353,247
29%
Lobbyists$323,856
27%
Sea Transport$305,700
26%
Environment$289,169
20%
Telecom Services$225,450
20%
Misc Finance$222,018
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education4 - 4 of 2
Punahou School
Pomona College
Bachelor of Arts philosophy
1994
Past Positions1 - 6 of 6
Senator
United States Senate
2012 - Current
Lieutenant Governor
State of Hawaii
2010 - 2012
Representative
Hawaii State House of Representatives
1998 - 2006
Former Majority Whip
Hawaii State House of Representatives
President and Chief Executive Officer
Helping Hands Hawaii
2002 - 2010
Former Teacher
Punahou High School
Other Experience1 - 33 of 33
Member
Temple Emanu-El
Current
Chair
Democratic Party of Hawaii
2008 - 2010
Founder
Hawaii Draft Obama Campaign
2006
Member
Democratic Party State Central Committee
1997 - 1998
Member
Sierra Club Executive Committee
1998
Director
Makiki Community Library
Former Board Member
Hawaii Elections Project
Former Director
Center for a Sustainable Future
Former Executive Director
Hawaii Elections Project
Former Member
Kuhio Lions Club
Founder
Youth for Environmental Service
Former Chair
Economic Development Committee, Hawaii State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, United States Senate
Former Member
Energy and Environmental Protection Committee, Hawaii State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Hawaiian Affairs Committee, Hawaii State House of Representatives
Former Member
Agriculture Committee, Hawaii State House of Representatives
Former Member
Higher Education Committee, Hawaii State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance, United States Senate
Former Member
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, United States Senate
Former Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, United States Senate
Former Vice Chair
Consumer Protection and Commerce, Hawaii State House of Representatives
Former Vice Chair
Water, Land and Ocean Resources, Hawaii State House of Representatives