Brian Schatz has been featured prominently in the pages of Honolulu Civil Beat since our official launch in May 2010.

We’ve captured him in writing, in digital images and on video, not only during his successful run for lieutenant governor that year but during his two years in office.

As point man for the Abercrombie administration in federal funding and renewable energy policy, Schatz was considered more than just a “bench-warmer” by Neil Abercrombie.

Meet U.S. Senator-appointee Schatz, as seen through the pages of Civil Beat.

The Perfect Runningmate

Neil + Brian = Bromance

Chad Blair, October 7, 2010

Neil Abercrombie says he couldn’t be more pleased than to have Brian Schatz as his running mate.

Said Abercrombie, “I am happy because the person who emerged as the winner not only was able to reach out to whom he competed with and receive their support enthusiastically and genuinely, but he turned out to be someone I myself have worked with in the past. I represented the district he represented, literally, and we worked together on the Obama campaign.”

“I guess you could say we bonded,” said Abercrombie.

Garden Variety: Kauai’s Gov-Lt. Gov. Debate

Chad Blair, October 19, 2010

How appropriate Kauai’s joint governor-lieutenant governor debate was held at the War Memorial Convention Hall on Hardy Street in Lihue. The race for governor, after all, is a fight to the finish, and the polls show it remains close.

On the plate Tuesday night: education, business, agriculture, health — and opponents taking shots at each other.

As Schatz was making his closing remarks, which included the line about getting Kauai endorsements, someone in the audience said “Don’t go there.”

“Please,” responded Schatz. “Let’s be respectful.”

Both candidates did their bosses proud.

Q&A With Brian Schatz

Chad Blair, October 26, 2010

Civil Beat sat down with both the Republican and Democratic lieutenant governor candidates to capture their perspective on a range of issues and influences. Both interviews lasted about 25 minutes.

Democrat Brian Schatz spoke at Neil Abercrombie’s campaign headquarters at Ward Warehouse about what inspired him to get involved in politics, what lessons he has learned and how an Abercrombie-Schatz administration would operate.

Read the full transcript.

Where Neil, Brian, Duke and Lynn Get Their Money

Chad Blair, October 27, 2010

Civil Beat takes a look at where all the kala is coming from.

As we have done since well before the primary election, Civil Beat breaks down donors and contributions to get a sense of where the Democrat and Republican candidates get their dough — especially in the final stretch, when many donors are suffering from donor fatigue.

According to Schatz’s report, he’s particularly popular among attorneys. We mean you, Galiher DeRobertis Ono. And Leavitt Yamane and Soldner. And Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks.

On Abercrombie’s First Day, Everything Old Seemed New Again

Chad Blair, December 7, 2010

Less than an hour after the inauguration, Abercrombie held a press conference to announce his first executive action. …

Next to him stood Schatz, more than three decades younger than Abercrombie. His communications team, chief of staff and deputy chief of staff were either kids when Abercrombie was first elected to office, or they weren’t born yet.

In addition to a kitchen cabinet of Democratic veterans and an actual Cabinet of mostly current government workers, Abercrombie is also surrounded by youth.

They are perhaps not the kind of youth to bare their tight abs on the beach. But they represent the future nonetheless and reveal that Abercrombie is not afraid to depart from the past. This is a governor who clearly has faith in the leaders of tomorrow.

A Future Leader Reels in the Federal Funds

Schatz: Feds Will Provide APEC Funds

Chad Blair, May 4, 2011

Despite the Hawaii Legislature’s rejection of a $2.2 million administration request to support security for the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Meeting, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz says the state still expects to get financial support from Washington.

“We are confident that we will be able to provide adequate law enforcement,” Schatz told Civil Beat Wednesday. “We will find the money.”

The goal of APEC is “to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Newsmaker: Interview With Lt. Governor Brian Schatz

Chad Blair, June 28, 2011.

The No. 2 job in Hawaii state government isn’t often viewed as a powerful office. But that may be different under Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The governor has made Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz his point man in charge of securing federal money and private support for state government initiatives. Schatz has flown to Washington several times to seek federal assistance (he was there this week). Schatz is also the lead state official on APEC.

One question we asked: Are you considering running for either the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House in 2012?

Brian Schatz: I’m not talking about elections at this time. I’m focused on doing my job.


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Hawaii’s Future Leaders: Where Are They?

Chad Blair, October 24, 2011

For $200 a head, a Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs shindig Monday evening at the Plaza Club bought attendees pasta and shrimp, live jazz and an open bar.

It also offered the opportunity to hear three respected and politically akamai players — lobbyist John Radcliffe, insurance executive Colbert Matsumoto and Hawaiian Electric’s Robbie Alm — opine on leadership. …

Radcliffe thinks Hawaii does have its share of promising young leaders today, and he singled out Brian Schatz, who at age 38 was elected lieutenant governor.

Hawaii’s ‘Ambassador of Energy’

Hawaii ‘Ambassador of Energy’ Pushing State Renewable Policy Forward

Sophie Cocke, March 22, 2012

Hawaii’s Ambassador of Energy could be a fitting title for Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz.

This week Schatz was in Washington D.C. meeting with officials from the U.S. Department of Energy where they went over “point by point every aspect of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative” – the state’s blueprint for transitioning to renewable energy.

The state’s second in command has made Hawaii’s clean energy policy his top focus.

Hawaii, Japan Forge Energy Bond Following Fukushima Disaster

Sophie Cocke, August 15, 2012

The collaboration between Hawaii and Japan in the push for renewable energy is intensifying as Japan finds itself in an increasingly vulnerable position following the devastating 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster.

In addition to accelerating a joint $37 million research project on Maui to test the feasibility of implementing increasing amounts of solar and wind energy onto electric grids, additional investments from Hawaii and Japan are likely to be announced soon, according to Brian Schatz, Hawaii’s lieutenant governor who has taken the lead on energy policy for Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s administration.

“The momentum is so palpable,” he told Civil Beat.

Abercrombie Moving Ahead On Natural Gas For Electricity Generation

Sophie Cocke, October 4, 2012

Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s administration is moving decisively toward importing liquefied natural gas for Hawaii’s electricity needs. But this doesn’t mean state officials are easing up on the push for renewable energy.

In an interview with Civil Beat, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz expanded upon a recent letter he sent to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission outlining the administration’s position.

“We are no longer assessing whether LNG makes smart public policy,” he told Civil Beat. “We are trying to figure out what it takes logistically and what we need to do to establish that.”

Schatz said it is also important to move forward on the larger renewable energy projects, including an interisland cable system, designed to provide electricity to Oahu, where the majority of the population lives.

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