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|5th Director of National Intelligence|
March 16, 2017 – August 15, 2019
|Preceded by||James R. Clapper|
|Succeeded by||John Ratcliffe|
|United States Senator|
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Evan Bayh|
|Succeeded by||Todd Young|
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1999
|Appointed by||Robert Orr|
|Preceded by||Dan Quayle|
|Succeeded by||Evan Bayh|
|United States Ambassador to Germany|
August 15, 2001 – February 28, 2005
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||John Kornblum|
|Succeeded by||William Timken|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Indiana's 4th district
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1989
|Preceded by||Dan Quayle|
|Succeeded by||Jill Long|
Daniel Ray Coats
May 16, 1943
Jackson, Michigan, U.S.
|Education||Wheaton College, Illinois (BA)|
Indiana University, Indianapolis (JD)
|Website||Senate website (Archived)|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1966–1968|
Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats (born May 16, 1943) is an American politician. Coats is the 5th and current Director of National Intelligence serving since March 15, 2017. He served as United States Senator from Indiana from 1989 to 1999 and 2011 to 2017. He is a member of the U.S. Republican Party. He was in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1989.
In March 2015, Coats announced his retirement and said he would not run for re-election in 2016. He was replaced by Republican Todd Young.
United States representative (1981–1989)
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. 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.
United States senator (1989–1999; 2011–2015)
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. 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. 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.
Coats announced in March 2015 that he would not run for re-election in 2016.
United States ambassador (2001–2005)
From August 15, 2001, to February 28, 2005, Coats was the United States Ambassador to Germany. 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.
Director of National Intelligence (2017–2019)
On January 5, 2017, then-President-elect of the United States Donald Trump nominated Coats to serve as Director of National Intelligence. The United States senate confirmation hearing was held on February 28, 2017. His nomination was confirmed by the senate with a 85-12.
- "Coats, Daniel Ray". Office of Art and Archives and Office of the Historian, The United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000542. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
- "Trump selects former Indiana Sen. Coats for top intelligence post". http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-dan-coats-trump-director-national-intelligence-20170105-story.html.
- "Coats and Bayh finally set to do battle". TheHill. http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/79623-coats-and-bayh-finally-set-to-do-battle. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
- "Bayh won't seek Senate re-election". http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/02/15/bayh.retirement/. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
- "Speeches by Ambassador Coats". United States Diplomatic Mission to Germany. Archived from the original on August 27, 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090827195257/http://germany.usembassy.gov/germany/coats_speeches.html. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
- "Biography: Daniel R. Coats". United States Department of State. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/6087.htm. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
- "Irak-Kriegspläne: US-Botschafter mahnt die Deutschen - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Politik". Spiegel.de. September 4, 2002. http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,212385,00.html. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
- "Coats, Bucshon to headline GOP dinner » Local News » The Washington Times-Herald". Washtimesherald.com. http://washtimesherald.com/local/x712215748/Coats-Bucshon-to-headline-GOP-dinner. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
- "Donald J. Trump". twitter.com. 2019-07-28. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1155580142225383425.
- Steve Holland, Jeff Mason (2019-07-28). "Ratcliffe tapped to replace Coats as U.S. spy chief". www.reuters.com. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-coats/u-s-spy-chief-coats-to-step-down-in-coming-days-nyt-idUSKCN1UN0QQ.
- "Dan Coats to step down, Trump tweets, as President announces Ratcliffe will be nominated as next director of national intelligence". CNN. July 28, 2019. https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/28/politics/dan-coats-national-intelligence-director/index.html. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
- The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet: Chapter 14 page 381
- Senator Dan Coats official U.S. Senate website
- Dan Coats for Senate
- Dan Coats at the Open Directory Project
- Biography at WhoRunsGov.com at The Washington Post
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance at LegiStorm.com
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Profile at Notable Names Database
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Appearances on C-SPAN