Brian Schatz

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Brian Schatz (born Oct. 20, 1972), a member of the Democratic Party was first elected to the Hawaii State House of Representatives of the Hawaii State Legislature in 1998. Currently, he represents the 25th Representative district which includes the areas of Tantalus, Makiki and McCully on the island of Oahu. Schatz ran in and lost the 2006 primary for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district, vacated by Rep. Ed Case.

Rep. Schatz is one of the more progressive members of the legislature and has an excellent environmental voting record. Schatz was recently awarded Community Leader of the Year by Pacific Business News, and he currently runs a nonprofit social service agency called Helping Hands Hawaii.

Dan Boylan, in a Midweek article dated April 5, 2006, reported the following:

Schatz describes himself as “pro-business and pro-environment.” He counts as his greatest legislative accomplishment his support for Act 221, the high technology tax incentive.
“It has created between 800 and 1,000 jobs per year,” he says. “Good paying jobs in the range of $45,000 to $50,000.”
He also takes pride in the 2004 session’s tripling of the Department of Education’s school maintenance and repair budget. [1]

Schatz is a graduate from Punahou, an elite private school on the island of Oahu. He has a BA from Pomona College in Philosophy.

Schatz got elected as Democratic Party of Hawaii Chair on May 25, 2008.

External Links

  • SAY Y.E.S. -- After three years of teaching isle teens to care for the Earth, Youth for Environmental Service extends its reach to California and Seattle (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7-28-97)
  • Staying often means sacrifice -- The choice to leave or stay in Hawaii pits career vs. family, money vs. love of the land (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 3-26-99)
  • Will elections ever be ‘clean’? One faction says campaign spending has to be transformed. Bob Watada says no need—the tools are already in place. An inside look at the obstacle course to guilt-free money (Honolulu Weekly, July 21, 2004)
  • Panel out to keep economy humming (Honolulu Advertiser, 6-8-05)
  • Schatz, Brian. Legacy Lands: preserving Islands' beauty Honolulu Advertiser, June 9, 2005.
  • Schatz, Brian. Best hope for Democrats is revitalization Honolulu Advertiser, October 14, 2005.
  • Shapiro, David. Hawai'i politics sliding into mediocrity Honolulu Advertiser, October 19, 2005.
  • There's hope for better water rules (Honolulu Advertiser, 11-9-05)
  • Schatz, Brian. Now's the time to invest in state's future Honolulu Advertiser, January 6, 2006.
  • Associated Press. Committee advances bill curbing golf course irrigation Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 1, 2006.
  • Borreca, Richard. Schatz to return state race war chest Honolulu Star-Bulletin, February 28, 2006.
  • Star-Bulletin staff. Albright to speak at fundraiser for Schatz Honolulu Star-Bulletin, April 3, 2006.
  • Boylan, Dan. A Risky Race For Rep. Schatz Midweek, April 05, 2006.
  • White, Doug. Hi. Do you mind if we secretly hand over your calling records to the NSA? Poinography!, May 18, 2006.
  • Reyes, B.J. Schatz criticizes Hirono's inactivity -- Rep. Schatz, running for U.S. House, says she has not made much difference Honolulu Star-Bulletin, August 3, 2006.
  • Arakawa, Lynda. Schatz wants to take it to next level Honolulu Advertiser, September 5, 2006.
  • DeRego, Kris. Draft Brian Schatz, er, Obama? Hardball Hawaii, December 15, 2006.
  • Au, Laurie. Schatz enters campaign to lead state Democrats--Head of Obama’s Hawaii campaign hopes energy from primary builds Honolulu Star-Bulletin, April 14, 2008.

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