On January 5th, President-elect Donald Trump chose former Senator Dan Coats to be the Director of National Intelligence.
Coats “would be an excellent choice,” Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, told reporters.
“Because Dan’s got the experience, he’s got the leadership skills having been an Ambassador, and I think his time on the committee has served him well to understand what that role entails.”
Mr Coats will undergo Senate confirmation hearings before taking the post.
Dan Coats, born in 1943, served as a United States Senator from Indiana from 1989 to 1999, and again from 2011 to 2017.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. Before serving in the US Senate, Coats was a member of the US House of Representatives, representing Indiana’s 4th congressional district from 1981 to 1989. He was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Dan Quayle following Quayle’s election as Vice US President in 1988. Coats won the 1990 special election to serve the remainder of Quayle’s unexpired term, as well as the 1992 election for a full six-year term. He did not seek re-election in 1998, and was succeeded by Evan Bayh.
After retiring from the Senate, Coats served as US 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./.
Compiled by BTA