Coats, a Republican, was a senator from Indiana from 2011 to 2016.
He was previously a senator from Indiana (1989-1998); and the representative for Indiana's 4th congressional district (1981-1988).
Read our 2016 Report Card for Coats.
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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.
Coats was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- S. 1471 (113th): Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act
- S. 2206 (105th): Coats Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1998
- S. 919 (104th): Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Amendments of 1996
- S. 1204 (104th): Family Housing Act of 1995
- S.J.Res. 83 (102nd): A joint resolution entitled “National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving”.
- H.J.Res. 375 (99th): A joint resolution designating the week beginning January 12, 1986, as “National Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Week”.
- H.J.Res. 542 (98th): A joint resolution to designate the week beginning November 19, 1984 as “National Adoption Week”.
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 about one third or more 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).
Coats sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (26%) International Affairs (13%) Health (13%) Government Operations and Politics (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)
Some of Coats’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 635 (114th): A resolution recognizing and commemorating the bicentennial of the State of Indiana.
- S. 4 (114th): Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act of 2016
- S. 3294 (114th): Mandatory BRACC Act
- S. 2998 (114th): Ensuring Patient Access to Critical Breakthrough Products Act of 2016
- S.Res. 475 (114th): A resolution recognizing the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
- S. 2762 (114th): RECOUP Act of 2016
- S. 1927 (114th): REVIEW Act of 2015
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.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills