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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Coats's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,892,037 and $6,455,000 . That averages to '''$4,673,518.50''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Coats ranked as the 30th most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00003845&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Dan Coats (R-IN), 2012"]</ref>
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Coats's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,892,037 and $6,455,000. That averages to '''$4,673,518.50''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Coats ranked as the 30th most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00003845&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Dan Coats (R-IN), 2012"]</ref>
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Dan Coats
Dan Coats.jpg
U.S. Senate, Indiana
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorEvan Bayh (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 2016
Campaign $$4,396,274
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States Ambassador to Germany
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
High schoolJackson High School (1961)
Bachelor'sWheaton College (1965)
J.D.Indiana University School of Law (1971)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1966-1968
Date of birthMay 16, 1943
Place of birthJackson, Michigan
Net worth$4,673,518.50
Office website
Campaign website
Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats (b. May 16, 1943, in Jackson, Michigan) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Indiana. Coats was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

He previously served as the United States Ambassador to Germany from 2001 to 2005, as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2005, and in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 1999.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Coats is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Coats was born in Jackson, Michigan. He attended local public schools, and graduated from Jackson High School in 1961. 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. He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968, and earned a Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 1971. He also served as assistant vice president of a Fort Wayne life insurance company. [2]


Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Coats serves on the following Senate committees[3]:



Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Coats's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" Coats voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[7]

Drones filibuster
See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[8][9][10]

According to the website Breitbart, Coats was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[11][12]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[13]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[14] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Coats voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[15]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" Coats voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[7]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "Yes" Coats voted in favor of the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[7] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Coats was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[7]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.


Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" Coats voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[7]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Coats voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[7]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Coats voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]



On November 2, 2010, Coats won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Brad Ellsworth (D), Rebecca Sink-Burris (L), Jim Miller (I), and Jack Rooney (I) in the general election.[17]

U.S. Senate, Indiana General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Coats 54.6% 952,116
     Democratic Brad Ellsworth 40% 697,775
     Libertarian Rebecca Sink-Burris 5.4% 94,330
     Independent Jim Miller 0% 161
     Independent Jack Rooney 0% 99
Total Votes 1,744,481

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Coats is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Coats raised a total of $4,396,274 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[18]

Dan Coats's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Indiana) Won $4,396,274
Grand Total Raised $4,396,274


Breakdown of the source of Coats' campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Coats won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Coats' campaign committee raised a total of $4,396,274 and spent $3,478,713.[19]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Coats is a "moderate Republican follower," as of June 21, 2013.[20]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[21]

Coats most often votes with:

Coats least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Coats missed 77 of 4,021 roll call votes from January 1989 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.9%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[22]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Coats paid his congressional staff a total of $1,744,992 in 2011. He ranks 9th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranks 10th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Indiana ranks 11th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[23]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Coats's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,892,037 and $6,455,000. That averages to $4,673,518.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Coats ranked as the 30th most wealthy senator in 2012.[24]

Dan Coats Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Coats ranked 30th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[25]


Coats ranked 25th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[26]

Voting with party


Coats voted with the Republican Party 92% of the time, which ranked 5th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[27]


Dan and Marsha Coats met in college and have three adult children and eight grandchildren.[2]Coats and his wife Marsha formed The Foundation For American Renewal to continue their engagement in faith-based initiatives. Coats received national recognition as the author and champion of the Project for American Renewal, a comprehensive initiative created to help resolve many of our nation's social problems.[2]

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See also

External links


  1. Bioguide "Dan Coats" Accessed June 21, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 United States Senator Dan Coats of Indiana "Meet Dan" Accessed October 14, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 United States Senator:Dan Coats of Indiana "Meet Dan:Committee Assignments" Accessed October 14, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Project Votesmart, "Dan Coats Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
  8. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  9. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  10. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  11. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  12. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Dan Coats" Accessed April 3, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Dan Coats 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
  20. Gov Track "Dan Coats," Accessed June 21, 2013
  21. OpenCongress, "Rep. Dan Coats," Accessed August 2, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Dan Coats," Accessed March 29, 2013
  23. LegiStorm "Dan Coats"
  24. OpenSecrets.org, "Dan Coats (R-IN), 2012"
  25. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
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Evan Bayh
U.S. Senate-Indiana
Succeeded by