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Senator Coats Announces Decision Not To Seek Another Six-Year Term


U.S. Senator Dan Coats U.S. Senator Dan Coats Senator Dan Coats (RIndiana) recently announced that he will not seek reelection to the United States Senate in 2016.

“This was not an easy decision,” Coats said. “While I believe I am well-positioned to run a successful campaign for another six-year term, I have concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of leaders.

“Until the end of my Senate term, I pledge to my constituents that I will continue to focus all of my time and energy on the major challenges that Hoosiers sent me to Washington to address.”

From 1981 to 1999, Coats served in the United States Congress, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. In keeping with a term-limits pledge he made to Hoosiers, Coats stepped down from his Senate seat in 1999.

In 2001, Coats was named U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, arriving in country only three days before the tragic events of September 11, 2001. As Ambassador, Coats played a critical role in establishing relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and in the construction of a new United States Embassy in the heart of Berlin.

Coats returned to the Senate in 2011 and currently serves on the Finance, Select Intelligence and Joint Economic Committees. Coats is chairman of the bicameral Joint Economic Committee.

“With his decision to retire from the United States Senate at the end of his current term, Senator Dan Coats will bring to a close an extraordinary career in public service marked by humility, integrity, and a commitment to principled conservative leadership,” commented Indiana Governor Mike Pence. “Through his long career in public service, whether it be his time in uniform, his service in the U.S. House and Senate or as our Ambassador to Germany, few Hoosiers have made a greater contribution to our state or nation in public service than Senator Dan Coats.”

According to reports, the early list of possible contenders for Coats’ seat include House Speaker Brian Bosma, and Congressmen Todd Young, Marlin Stutzman, and Todd Rokita. Also named as a possible contender is Coats’ Indiana Chief of Staff, Eric Holcomb.

Coats, 71, is the third senator to announce retirement plans this year. Senator Barbara Boxer of California and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland, both Democrats, have said they will not seek re-election.

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