|U.S. Senate, Indiana|
|January 3, 2011-Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Evan Bayh (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 2016|
|United States Ambassador to Germany|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|High school||Jackson High School (1961)|
|Bachelor's||Wheaton College (1965)|
|J.D.||Indiana University School of Law (1971)|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1966-1968|
|Birthday||May 16, 1943|
|Place of birth||Jackson, Michigan|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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. 
- 1966-1968: United States Army
- 1981-1989: U.S. House of Representatives
- 1989-1999: U.S. Senate
- 2001-2005: United States Ambassador to Germany 
- 2011-Present: U.S. Senate
Coats serves on the following Senate committees:
- United States Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Department of Homeland
- Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- United States Senate Committee on Intelligence (Select)
- United States Congress Joint Economic Committee
- Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
- Subcommittee on Science and Space
- Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance
- Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
- Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
- United States Senate Committee on Appropriations 
- Subcommittee on Defense
- Subcommittee on Homeland Security - Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Energy
- Subcommittee on National Parks
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
- United States Congress Joint Economic Committee 
- United States Senate Committee on Intelligence (Select) 
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.
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.
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."
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.
|Dan Coats's Campaign Contribution History|
|2010||U.S. Senate (Indiana)||$4,396,274|
|Grand Total Raised||$4,396,274|
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.
|U.S. Senate, Indiana, 2010 - Dan Coats Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,368,351|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$2,589,967|
|Top contributors to Dan Coats's campaign committee|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$42,249|
|Barnes & Thornburg||$37,775|
|Krieg Devault LLP||$27,450|
|King & Spalding||$23,950|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$352,363|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Coats most often votes with:
Coats least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.
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.
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.
Voting with party
Dan Coats voted with the Republican Party 92% of the time, which ranked 5th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.
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Dan and Marsha Coats met in college and have three adult children and eight grandchildren.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.
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- Bioguide "Dan Coats" Accessed June 21, 2013
- United States Senator Dan Coats of Indiana "Meet Dan" Accessed October 14, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- United States Senator:Dan Coats of Indiana "Meet Dan:Committee Assignments" Accessed October 14, 2011
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Dan Coats" Accessed April 3, 2013
- Open Secrets "Dan Coats 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 8, 2011
- Gov Track "Dan Coats," Accessed June 21, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Dan Coats," Accessed August 2, 2013
- GovTrack, "Dan Coats," Accessed March 29, 2013
- LegiStorm "Dan Coats"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Coats, (R-Ind), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Coats, (R-IN), 2010"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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