Dan Coats

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Dan Coats
Dan Coats official portrait.jpg
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
Predecessor Dan Quayle
Evan Bayh
Successor Evan Bayh
Todd Young
U.S. Representative from Indiana's 4th Congressional District
From: January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1989
Predecessor Dan Quayle
Successor Jill L. Long
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Marsha Coats
Religion Presbyterian

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.

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, Coats received a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in 1965 and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law in 1971.

Coats as Senator

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.

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