Brian Schatz is a Jew. Schatz was named to the Senate to replace Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye after his death.
Schatz lists his religion as Jewish on his Facebook page, bringing the number of Jewish senators to 11. Schatz was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His father is Irwin Schatz, a cardiologist and native of Saint Boniface, Manitoba. When Brian was two years old, his family moved to Hawaii. Schatz studied at Pomona College in Claremont, California and he spent a term studying in Kenya as part of the International Training Program, where he developed skills in public service.
Schatz began his political career in 1998 in the Hawaii House of Representatives and his congressional career began in 2006. In 2010 he became the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii. Hawaiian senator Daniel Inouye died on December 17, 2012 and Schatz was appointed to replace Inouye, filling the Democratic seat that was once filled by Inouye.