Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has appointed Brian Schatz to replace the late Daniel Inouye.
Schatz was among 14 people who had applied for the vacancy, and one of three finalists considered by the governor. Other finalists selected by the Hawaii Democratic Party’s state central committee included US Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, and Hawaii Land and Natural Resources Deputy Director Esther Kiaaina.
Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz was inaugurated to his current post on Dec. 6, 2010. In addition to his responsibilities as deputy to Governor Neil Abercrombie, Schatz is also currently tasked with helping to lead the state’s clean energy efforts and Asia-Pacific relations.
Schatz is credited with launching the Hawai’i Fair Share Initiative, which seeks more private and public investment in Hawai’i.