WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) reflected on his career as the outgoing Indiana senator addresses his fellow lawmakers Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) discussed Coats’ career on the Senate Floor earlier Tuesday, saying the Senate would miss Coats and thanking him for his many years of service.
4 Fast Facts
- Sen. Dan Coats to deliver farewell speech in Senate
- Speech planned for 4 p.m. on CSPAN 2
- Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thanked Coats on the Senate floor Tuesday morning
- Coats announced he wouldn’t run for reelection in March 2015
“I’ll miss you, my friend,” McConnell said at the end of his remarks. He noted that Coats would have more time to spend at Wrigley Field now that his time in the Senate is over.
Coats delivered his farewell late Tuesday afternoon. Watch the video above.
Coats served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 through 1989 before being appointed to the Senate to replace Dan Quayle, who’d been elected vice president. He served in the Senate until 1999, when Evan Bayh won the seat.
Coats ran again for his old Senate seat when Bayh announced his intention to retire in 2010. Coats revealed in March 2015 that he wouldn’t run for reelection. Todd Young was elected to replace him, defeating Bayh in the November election.