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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 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 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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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%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%) Immigration (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Coats’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Coats’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
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 bill which extended funding at the previous year's levels up to December 9, 2016 (10 weeks). After this, a continuing ...
Nay H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay On the Nomination PN1194: Beth Labson Freeman, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California
Feb 25, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 91/7.
Yea On the Nomination PN48: John Owen Brennan, of Virginia, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Mar 7, 2013. Nomination Confirmed 63/34.
Yea On the Nomination PN1123: Gershwin A. Drain, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
Aug 2, 2012. Nomination Confirmed 55/41.
Yea S. 1925 (112th): Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012
Apr 26, 2012. Bill Passed 68/31.
Yea H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Yea H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 17, 2011. Joint Resolution Passed 87/13.

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.

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Primary Sources

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

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