Dan Coats

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Dan Coats
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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
Last election2010
First elected2010
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$6,319,518
Office website
Campaign website
Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats (b. May 16, 1943) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Indiana. Coats was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Coats is a "moderate Republican follower".[1]


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]:



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.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

According to the website Breitbart, Coats was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[9][10]

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."[11]



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.[12]

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.[13]

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's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Coats won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Cpats's campaign committee raised a total of $4,396,274 and spent $3,478,713.[14]


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 Jan 1989 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.9%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[15]

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 he 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.[16]

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 - The Center for Responsive Politics, Coats' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,944,037 and $9,695,000. That averages to $6,319,518, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668.[17]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Coats' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,817,054 and $6,838,000. That averages to $4,827,527, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[18]

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.[19]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Coats ranked 25th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.[20]

Voting with party


Dan Coats voted with the Republican Party 92 of the time, which ranked 18 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.[21]

Recent news

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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]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Dan Coats," Accessed March 3, 2012
  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. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  7. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  8. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  9. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  10. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  13. Open Secrets "Dan Coats" Accessed April 3, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Dan Coats 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
  15. GovTrack, "Dan Coats," Accessed March 29, 2013
  16. LegiStorm "Dan Coats"
  17. OpenSecrets.org, "Coats, (R-Ind), 2011"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Coats, (R-IN), 2010"
  19. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  20. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  21. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Evan Bayh
U.S. Senate-Indiana
Succeeded by