Dan Coats

Elections & Politics
9:59 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Holcomb Launches Senate Bid To Replace Coats In 2016

Holcomb and his wife Janet at the announcement Thursday.
Credit Brandon Smith / IPBS

Eric Holcomb steered former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ 2008 reelection campaign, led the Indiana Republican Party and most recently served as State Chief of Staff to Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN).  But Thursday, Holcomb announced a personal first: a run for office:

“And that’s why today, ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud, I’m excited to announced my candidacy for the United States Senate,” Holcomb says.

Despite never serving in elected office, he says he’s not worried about making the jump all the way to a Senate run:

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Elections & Politics
3:01 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Flurry Of Pols Considering Trying To Replace Coats In Senate

Rep. Christina Hale (D-Indianapolis) is one of several people who have signaled interest in Dan Coats' seat.
Credit courtesy Christina Hale

The feeding frenzy sure to follow the announcement of a U.S. Senate seat coming open in Indiana commenced in earnest Wednesday, with a bevy of current and former politicians saying they’re considering trying to replace Dan Coats (R-IN).

Rep. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), who toyed with running for Indy mayor before deciding against it, now says he thinks his platform may be better suited for an even higher office.

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Elections & Politics
1:34 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Dan Coats Won't Seek Another Senate Term In 2016

Coats' current run in Congress was just a single term, winning the seat left vacant when Evan Bayh declined to run in 2010.
Credit U.S. Senate / http://www.coats.senate.gov/

U.S. Senator Dan Coats Tuesday announced he will not run for reelection in 2016.

Coats had spoken in recent months about whether to run again, noting that how Congress functioned with Republican majorities would play a major role. 

In a video statement Tuesday, the Hoosier Senator said choosing not to run 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,” he says in the video.

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General News
12:26 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Sen. Coats Won't Support Lynch For U.S. Attorney General

Credit U.S. Senate / http://www.coats.senate.gov/

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will not support President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. The Indiana Republican says Lynch’s view of the president’s executive action on immigration disqualifies her from the job.

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General News
5:48 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Senators Urge Railroad Admin to Save Hoosier State Line

The state partners with Amtrak to operate trains between Indianapolis and Chicago.
Credit Jack Snell / https://www.flickr.com/photos/jacksnell707/

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, is joining Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, in urging transportation officials to save the Hoosier State Rail Line.

The future of the railroad hangs in the balance after the Federal Rail Administration ruled earlier this month that in order to continue running, the state would have to be classified as a railroad carrier. This designation would expose Indiana to increases in costs and liabilities INDOT has said it could not afford.

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