INDIANAPOLIS — Dan Coats, the former Congressman and U.S. senator from Indiana, resigned as the U.S. director of national intelligence, effective Aug. 15.
The news of Coats’ resignation led to many members of the Indiana delegation publicly thanking him for his service to the United States.
Sen. Todd Young, who won Coats’ Senate seat in 2016:
“Throughout his many years of service in both the House and Senate, as U.S. Ambassador to Germany, and as Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats has made Indiana proud. America is better and more secure thanks to his tireless service. On behalf of all Hoosiers, I thank Director Coats for his devotion to duty.”
Sen. Mike Braun:
“Dan Coats made his state and country proud during his tenure as Director of National Intelligence, and Americans are safer because of his foresight and leadership.”
Rep. Jackie Walorski:
“Throughout his life in public service, Dan Coats has always put the interests of his country and his fellow Hoosiers first. I am grateful for Dan’s steadfast leadership in keeping our nation safe and secure, and for his years of dedicated service to the American people.”
Rep. Jim Banks:
“Dan Coats has served this president well for two and a half years, and he has served our nation admirably for over five decades in different roles that started in the congressional district we both call home in northeast Indiana.
His integrity and commitment to public service are unmatched, and I am proud to call him a mentor and friend.
America is grateful that Director Coats has strived to depoliticize our nation’s intelligence during a time when that has been difficult to do. His legacy for doing so will only grow in the years to come.
My best to Dan and Marsha as they begin the next chapter in their extraordinary lives of public service.”
Rep. Jim Baird:
"Dan Coats served Hoosiers & our nation with integrity & principle throughout his career as a devoted public servant. He served our country exceptionally well as Director of National Intelligence, and we thank him for his leadership on so many complex issues impacting our nation."
Rep. Susan Brooks:
“I’m grateful for Dan Coats service to our country. Whether as Director of National Intelligence, Senator, Ambassador or Representative, he always put the United States first and we are safer because of it.”
Rep. Larry Bucshon:
“Fellow Hoosier Dan Coats has led a life dedicated to public service, having served in the House and Senate, as Ambassador to Germany, and now as the Director of National Intelligence.
As a result of his leadership over the past two and a half years as Director of National Intelligence, our nation is more secure and our intelligence agencies better prepared to protect our nation from adversaries like Russian and China.
I join the nation in thanking him for his decades of service and I wish him well in the next chapter of his life.”