Coats Announces He Will Not Seek Another Term (with VIDEO)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTVW/WEHT) – Our media partner WTVW/WEHT is reporting Indiana U. S. Senator Dan Coats will not seek re-election in 2016. Coats says it is time to pass the torch to the new generation of politicians.

From 1981 to 1999, Coats served in Congress, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. He honored his term-limits pledge he made to Hoosiers and stepped down from his Senate seat in 1999.

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.

Official Statement from Senator Coats

Today (Monday) I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the United States Senate. This was not an easy decision. 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.

I am grateful to God and to Hoosiers who allowed me to serve my state and my country. I am particularly thankful for the unqualified support of my wife Marsha and our family. Regarding this decision, they were 100 percent in favor of whatever choice I would make.

Marsha and I look forward to continued engagement in Indiana in many other ways.

Official Statement from Governor Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement after learning that Senator Dan Coats will not seek re-election in 2016.

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. 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.

While we greet this news with mixed emotions, we will always be grateful for the example, life and service of Senator Dan Coats and his family. We look forward to working with the Senator during the remainder of his term, and Karen and I wish Dan and Marsha every happiness upon his retirement.

Official Statement from fellow Indiana U. S. Senator Joe Donnelly

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement after fellow U.S. Senator Dan Coats announced that he will retire at the end of his current term.

It has been and will continue to be a pleasure working with the senior senator from Indiana, my friend, Dan Coats. He has spent decades serving his country, whether through his military service, in the U.S. House, as Ambassador, or in the U.S. Senate. During my time in Congress, I found Dan willing to roll up his sleeves and work across party lines to address issues important to Indiana, and I know we will continue to work well together through the remainder of his term. I wish him the best upon his retirement.

Official Statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today on the announcement by Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana that he will not seek re-election in 2016.

Dan Coats is one of the most accomplished public servants of his generation: Congressman, Senator, Ambassador, and then Senator again. While these titles are surely impressive, they also tell only a part of what this kind and humble Hoosier has been able to achieve. Washington is going to miss Senator Coats’ expertise on economic and national security issues, and I’m going to miss his wise counsel and trusted friendship here in the Senate.

Official Statement from Indiana 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon

Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement regarding Senator Dan Coats’ decision to not seek reelection.

Senator Dan Coats is a true public servant who’s made a tremendous impact on our state and our country. He’s been a great partner in the Senate and an example of a principled, conservative leader. I am truly grateful for his counsel over the past few years. I look forward to working with him as he finishes his term and wish him and Marsha all the best in their future endeavors.

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