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Sen. Daniel Coats

Former Senator for Indiana

Coats was a senator from Indiana and was a Republican. He served from 2011 to 2016.

He was previously a senator from Indiana as a Republican from 1989 to 1998; and the representative for Indiana’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1981 to 1988.

Photo of Sen. Daniel Coats [R-IN, 2011-2016]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Coats.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Coats is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2016 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Coats sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 10, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Coats was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Coats sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (26%) International Affairs (13%) Health (13%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Immigration (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Coats recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Coats voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations …

Coats voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the …

Coats voted Nay

Bill Passed 76/16 on Dec 16, 2014.

Coats voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Coats voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 95/3 on Feb 12, 2014.

This is a budget bill that makes small changes to the budget deal enacted previously. Although the bill began as the "South Utah Valley Electric …

Coats voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 72/26 on Jan 16, 2014.

This is the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, the bill that set the federal budget for fiscal year 2014. The bill began as the Space …

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Dec 2016, Coats missed 105 of 5,088 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is on par with the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: