Daniel Coats confirmed as White House Director of National Intelligence

March 16, 2017: Daniel R. Coats was confirmed as the White House Director of National Intelligence (DNI) by the U.S. Senate yesterday, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Coats was confirmed by a 85-12 vote. Once he is sworn in, Coats will oversee the sixteen federal agencies commonly referred to collectively as the intelligence community. Coats, 73, Indiana Republican, was a U.S. Senator twice, from 1989 to 1999 and from 2011 until he retired in January, 2017. He was also previously the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from August 15, 2001, to Feb. 28, 2005. Born in Jackson, Michigan, Coats graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. Before working at the U.S. Senate, Coats was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Indiana's Fourth Congressional District from 1981 to 1989. He was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Dan Quayle after Quayle’s election as Vice President in 1988. Coats won the 1990 special election for the rest of Quayle's unexpired term, and the 1992 election for a full six-year term. He did not seek re-election in 1998, and was succeeded by Evan Bayh. After he retired from the Senate, Coats was the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2001 to 2005, and then worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. He was re-elected to the Senate by a large margin in 2010, succeeding Bayh, who announced his own retirement shortly after Coats declared his candidacy. Coats declined to run for re-election in 2016, and was succeeded by Todd Young.


Attribution: The Hill



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