State of Hawai'i
A member of the State House of Representatives for four terms (1998-2006), he served as the House Majority Whip and Chair of the Economic Development Committee, where he passed aggressive clean energy laws, helped to triple the budget for school maintenance and repairs, and supported high technology businesses.
Lt. Governor Schatz was the leading voice of the Hawaii for Obama campaign, and served as the Chair of the Hawai`i Democratic Party.
Within his first year in office, the Lt. Governor has taken a leading role in preparing for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2011, and has launched the Hawai`i Fair Share Initiative which seeks more private and public investment in Hawai'i. In the wake of the Pacific tsunami, the Lt. Governor helped lead local recovery efforts as well as providing aide to disaster victims in Japan.
The son of Dr. Irv and Barbara Schatz, the Lt. Governor has three brothers: Jake, an attorney based in San Francisco; Ed, a professor of political science; and Steve, a superintendent at the department of education. He is married to Linda Kwok Schatz and they have two children.