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Brian Schatz '94 Appointed to U.S. Senate Representing Hawaii

Brian Schatz '94

Brian Schatz ’94 was appointed by Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Senator Daniel Inouye, who died earlier this month after representing Hawaii for five decades.

Schatz was serving as Hawaii’s lieutenant governor and is expected to be in Washington to be sworn into office tomorrow. Elected lieutenant governor in 2010, he led the state’s clean energy efforts, Asia-Pacific relations, and private and public investment in the state. He had previously served in the Hawaii State Legislature from 1998 to 2006, where he was majority whip and held other committee leadership positions. Before being elected to the legislature, Schatz was the CEO of Helping Hands Hawai’i, one of the state’s largest nonprofit social services organizations.

When he is sworn in, Schatz will become the state’s senior senator and will serve until 2014 when voters will decide who will fill out the remainder of Inouye’s term.

For more information, read the Honolulu Star-Advertiser article on the news.