Dan Coats
American politician
Dan Coats
Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats is the senior United States Senator from Indiana and member of the Republican Party. He was in the United States Senate from 1989 to 1999, retired, and then returned in 2011. Born in Jackson, Michigan, Coats graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. Before serving in the U.S.
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With His Power Unchecked, Michael Flynn Could Lead Trump Into War With Iran
Huffington Post - 23 days
Within President Donald Trump’s inner circle, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn may be down, but he is not out. He remains national security advisor, and his thinking clearly stands behind the recent, disturbing marginalization within the National Security Council of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., and of the director designate of national intelligence, former Senator Dan Coats. In his inflamed book The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, Flynn clearly and loudly calls for the concentration of all power in a single supreme advisor at the top: One leader must be in charge overall and accountable to the president—if this leader does not meet the test, which is to win, then fire him or her and find another who can. We have to stop participating in this never-ending conflict and win! And we must accept that there is no cheap way to win this fight. The bottom line is that we have to organize ourselves fir ...
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Trump's Pick for Intel Chief Spent Years as Lobbyist
abc News - about 2 months
Former Sen. Dan Coats _ who's in line to be national intelligence director _ has swung back and forth between government service and lobbying
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Trump to Nominate Former Sen. Dan Coats as Intelligence Chief
ABC News - about 2 months
Coats is a former senator from Indiana.
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Trump to Pick Dan Coats for Director of National Intelligence
Wall Street Journal - about 2 months
President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate former Sen. Dan Coats (R., Ind.) as director of national intelligence, a transition official said Thursday.
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Ex-Senator Coats is top candidate for director of national intelligence: NBC News
Reuters.com - about 2 months
(Reuters) - Former Republican Senator Dan Coats of Indiana is the leading candidate to serve as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's director of national intelligence, NBC News reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the discussions.
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Indiana Sen. Coats endorses Rubio for GOP presidential nod
Fox News - about 1 year
Republican Indiana U.S. Sen. Dan Coats is endorsing GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio.
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ISIS threat: How to keep U.S. safe
CNN - over 1 year
It is clear we must be more aggressive in taking action to screen all those who enter the U.S., writes Sen. Dan Coats.
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Longtime rival to get an opening when Indiana Sen. Dan Coats retires
CNN - almost 2 years
Republican Sen. Dan Coats won't run for re-election in 2016, ending his political comeback while creating an opening for one by his long-time Indiana rival -- former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.
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Dan Coats to retire from Senate
CNN - almost 2 years
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Coats: Where's Obama's ISIS strategy?
CNN - about 2 years
The Obama administration's assessment of the fight against ISIS seems divorced from reality, Sen. Dan Coats says.
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Senators to Small Business: Get Lost
Inc. Magazine - about 3 years
A Senate bill would fold the SBA together with the departments of Commerce and Labor, and advocates fear small businesses will get lost in the shuffle. Would anyone notice if the Small Business Administration shut down? At least three senators are betting the answer is no. Last month, Senators Richard Burr (R., N.C.), Dan Coats (R., Ind.) and James Inhofe (R., Okla.) introduced a bill that would fold the SBA into a newly consolidated federal agency that would also combine the current departments of Commerce and Labor. The bill offers a plan to streamline government, save money and eliminate agency overlap, Burr claims. But threatening to close down the SBA is a tactic almost as old as the agency itself, which was founded by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1953. That doesn't soften the anxiety among some observers. Small business advocates worry that lumping the agency into a much bigger one would disenfranchise small business owners, scuttle their ability to lobby and possibly dam ...
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NU Game Day: Cats trail 14-6, Colter hurt
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Updates vs. Michigan State.     
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Paul Rieckhoff: Who Will Stand With Military Sexual Assault Survivors When It Counts This Week?
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Serving in the U.S. military requires courage. Coming forward to describe surviving military sexual assault takes even more. That is what thousands of survivors like those shown in the Academy Award-nominated film, The Invisible War have done. And for every survivor who is able to come forward, thousands are suffering in silence. When the Department of Defense reported that there were an estimated 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact in the military in 2012, it was a massive wake-up call. It showed our military is being weakened from the inside. And this week, the issue has finally reached a tipping point. After 20 years of broken promises to end sexual assault in the military, one vote will determine whether or not Congress has the courage to strengthen the military justice system. The numbers only show the partial scope of the problem, not the day-to-day impact of military sexual assault. Too often, survivors tell of coming forward to bravely report a sexual ...
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Obama's Weekly Address: 'Cutting Just For The Sake Of Cutting' Has Not 'Helped Our Economy Grow'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says budget negotiations in Congress are about choices and priorities. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama urges Congress to pass a budget that includes spending on education, infrastructure and research. Obama says there's an obsession with cutting spending just for the sake of cutting. He says it's not helping grow the economy. He's pointing out that deficits are falling fast on his watch. House and Senate budget negotiators hope to strike a deal that would avert a new round of automatic cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic programs. In the Republican address, Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana is criticizing Obama over the health care website and insurance cancellation notices. He says the health care law can't be fixed and Americans should start over. Below, read the full text from Obama's address, or watch the video above (via The White House): Hi, everybody. On Thursday, I addressed a conference for business leaders from ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dan Coats
  • 2015
    He announced in March 2015 that he would not run for re-election in 2016.
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  • 2013
    In April 2013, Coats was one of forty-six senators to vote against passage of a bill which would have expanded background checks for gun buyers.
    More Details Hide Details Coats voted with 40 Republicans and 5 Democrats to stop the passage of the bill. In 1995 Senator Coats introduced S. 568: Family, Investment, Retirement, Savings, and Tax Fairness Act which would provide "family tax credits, increase national savings through individual retirement plus accounts, indexing for inflation the income thresholds for taxing social security benefits, etc". The bill did not become law.
  • 2012
    Coats received Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Charles G. Berwind Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 for his decades of involvement with the organization.
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    Coats became the senior senator from Indiana after Richard Lugar lost a challenge in the 2012 Republican primary election and subsequently was not re-elected to the Senate in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Coats is currently serving with Democrat Joe Donnelly. Coats is affiliated with the Fellowship, an informal association of Christian lawmakers. Coats lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • 2010
    On May 4, 2010, Coats won the Republican primary over state Sen.
    More Details Hide Details Marlin Stutzman and former Congressman John Hostettler. Coats received endorsements from National Right to Life Committee, Indiana Right to Life, and the Susan B. Anthony List. Coats defeated Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth by a fifteen-point margin to return to the Senate.
    Bayh had made no previous announcements and was fully expected to run for another term, but after Coats announced his candidacy, Bayh announced his retirement on February 15, 2010.
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    On February 10, 2010, Coats confirmed that he would return to Indiana to run for the seat held by incumbent Evan Bayh in the 2010 United States Senate election.
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  • 2007
    In 2007, Coats served as co-chairman of a team of lobbyists for Cooper Industries, a Texas corporation that moved its principal place of business to Bermuda, where it would not be liable for U.S. taxes.
    More Details Hide Details In that role, he worked to block Senate legislation that would have closed a tax loophole, worth hundreds of millions of dollars to Cooper Industries. The NYT also reported that Coats was co-chairman of the Washington government relations office of King & Spalding, with a salary of $603,609.
  • 2005
    In 2005, Coats drew attention when he was chosen by President George W. Bush to shepherd Harriet Miers' failed nomination to the Supreme Court through the Senate.
    More Details Hide Details Echoing Senator Roman Hruska's famous 1970 speech in defense of Harrold Carswell, Coats said to CNN regarding the nomination: "If a great intellectual powerhouse is a qualification to be a member of the court and represent the American people and the wishes of the American people and to interpret the Constitution, then I think we have a court so skewed on the intellectual side that we may not be getting representation of America as a whole."
  • 2001
    From August 15, 2001 to February 28, 2005, Coats was the United States Ambassador to Germany.
    More Details Hide Details As ambassador during the lead up to the Iraq war, he pressured the German government not to oppose the war, threatening worsened US relations with Germany. As Ambassador he also played a critical role in establishing robust relations with then opposition leader Angela Merkel and in the construction of a new United States Embassy in the heart of Berlin next to the Brandenburg Gate.
    In 2001, Coats was reportedly one of George W. Bush’s top choices to be Defense Secretary, a job eventually given to Donald Rumsfeld, who had previously served as United States Secretary of Defense.
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    After retiring from the Senate, Coats served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2001 to 2005, and then worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. He was re-elected to the Senate by a large margin in 2010, succeeding Bayh, who announced his own retirement shortly after Coats declared his candidacy.
    More Details Hide Details He is the only current Senator to have returned to the Senate having previously retired. On March 24, 2015, Sen. Coats announced he was not running for re-election. Coats was born in Jackson, Michigan, the son of Vera (Nora) Elisabeth (née Swanlund) and Edward Raymond Coats. His father was of English and German descent, and his maternal grandparents immigrated from Sweden.
  • 2000
    Coats worked as Special Counsel member in the firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand in 2000 and 2001.
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  • 1998
    Coats made headlines in August 1998, when he publicly questioned the timing of President Bill Clinton’s cruise missile attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan, suggesting they might be linked to the Lewinsky scandal: "While there is clearly much more we need to learn about this attack and why it was ordered today, given the president’s personal difficulties this week, it is legitimate to question the timing of this action."
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  • 1996
    In 1996, Coats cosponsored the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 which President Clinton signed into law.
    More Details Hide Details The bill allowed the President to "rewrite legislation by vetoing single items of spending or specific tax breaks approved by Congress." The Supreme Court of the United States declared the law unconstitutional in Clinton v. City of New York in a 6-3 decision.
  • 1993
    In 1993, Coats emerged as an opponent of President Clinton's effort to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces.
    More Details Hide Details Coats was one of the authors of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy and opposed its 2011 repeal. He does not support same-sex marriage but opposes interference with "alternative lifestyles". Coats cosponsored, with former Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Christopher Dodd, and James Jeffords, S.2206: Coats Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1998. This bill, which was enacted into law, “amended the Head Start Act, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, and the Community Services Block Grant Act in order to provide an opportunity for persons with limited means to accumulate assets.”
    Coats also supported Feinstein Amendment 1152 to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The purpose of the Feinstein Amendment was to "restrict the manufacture, transfer, and possession of certain semiautomatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices".
    Subsequently, he supported the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act that President Clinton signed into law in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The legislation imposed a waiting period before a handgun could be transferred to an individual by a licensed dealer, importer, or manufacturer. This waiting period ended when the computerized instant check system came online.
  • 1991
    On multiple occasions, Coats has supported gun control measures. In 1991, he voted in favor of the Biden-Thurmond Violent Crime Control Act of 1991.
    More Details Hide Details This act, which did not become law, would have created a waiting period for handgun purchases and placed a ban on semi-automatic firearms.
  • 1990
    Coats was subsequently elected to the seat in 1990 and 1992 and served in the Senate until January 1999, when Evan Bayh became the new Senator.
    More Details Hide Details Coats announced on February 3, 2010 he would run for his old Senate seat and on February 16, 2010 Bayh announced his intention to retire. Coats went on to win that Senate seat.
  • 1988
    When Quayle resigned from the Senate after being elected Vice President of the United States in 1988, Coats was appointed to Quayle’s former seat.
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    He was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Dan Quayle following Quayle's election as Vice President of the United States in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Coats won the 1990 special election to serve the remainder of Quayle's unexpired term, as well as the 1992 election for a full six-year term. He did not seek reelection in 1998, and was succeeded by Evan Bayh.
  • 1980
    When Quayle decided to challenge three-term Democratic incumbent Birch Bayh in the 1980 U.S. Senate election, Coats ran for and won Quayle's seat in the U.S. House.
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  • 1976
    From 1976 to 1980, Coats worked for then-U.S. Representative Dan Quayle, a Republican from Indiana's 4th congressional district, as Quayle's district representative.
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  • 1966
    He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968, and earned a Juris Doctor from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in 1972, where he was also the associate editor of the Indiana Law Review.
    More Details Hide Details He also served as assistant vice president of a Fort Wayne life insurance company.
  • 1961
    Coats attended local public schools, and graduated from Jackson High School in 1961.
    More Details Hide Details He then studied at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1965. At Wheaton, he was an active student athlete on the soccer team.
  • 1943
    Born on May 16, 1943.
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