|Director of National Intelligence|
From: March 16, 2017 –
|Predecessor||Mie Dempsey (acting)|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|U.S. Senator from Indiana|
From: January 3, 1989 - January 3, 1999
January 5, 2011 - January 3, 2017
|U.S. Representative from Indiana's 4th District|
From: January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1989
|Successor||Jill L. Long|
Daniel Ray Coats (born May 16, 1943) is the Director of National Intelligence under U.S. President Donald Trump. He served as the junior United States Senator from Indiana and is a member of the Republican Party. He also served in the U.S. Senate from 1989 through 1999 before retiring. More recently, he was the United States Ambassador to Germany under the Bush administration from 2001 until 2005.
Coats was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 and was reelected until his appointment to serve the Senate seat left vacant by Vice President Dan Quayle. He was reelected in a 1990 special election and was elected to a full six-year term in 1992. Coats was a member of several high-profile committees, including the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Coats is a Pro-life Republican and was recently a senior counsel in King & Spalding's Public Policy and Government Advocacy Practice Group. He was elected to replace retiring Democratic Senator Evan Bayh in the 2010 elections.