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Brian Schatz is Hawai‘i's senior United States Senator.

Since joining the Senate, he has focused his work on helping workers, veterans, and families and has led key legislation on health care, climate change, and technology.

Senator Schatz chairs the Indian Affairs Committee, and serves on the Appropriations Committee; the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Foreign Relations Committee; and the Select Committee on Ethics. He also serves on the Senate Democratic Caucus's leadership team as Deputy Conference Secretary and Chief Deputy Whip.

Prior to his service in Congress, Senator Schatz was Hawai‘i’s Lieutenant Governor and served for eight years in the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives.

Senator Schatz grew up in Honolulu, and received his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College. He is married to Linda Schatz, an architect. They have a son and a daughter.

Committee Assignments & Leadership Positions

  • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies - Chairman
  • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies
  • Subcommittee on Defense
  • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
  • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
  • Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband
  • Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security
  • Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change, and Manufacturing
  • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports
  • Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
  • Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy
  • Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development

Brian grew up on Oahu with his three brothers, raised by their father, Irwin, and their mother, Barbara.


Brian was sworn into the U.S. Senate on December 27, 2012.

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Brian is leading efforts in the Senate to solve the climate crisis and tackle some of our country’s biggest challenges.


During the pandemic, Brian brought home billions of dollars in federal relief funding for Hawai'i families, workers, and small businesses. As chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, he secured hundreds of millions for the Native Hawaiian community.

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As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Schatz is fighting to deliver Hawai'i’s fair share of federal resources.