Senator Lankford Supports National Intelligence Nominee Dan Coats

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released the following statement in support of the confirmation of Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence: 

“Dan and I served together in the Senate and on the Senate Intelligence Committee; he is a great colleague and friend. Dan understands the national security threats currently facing our nation and the solutions needed to thwart them. I am pleased that the Senate has overwhelmingly voted to confirm Dan; he will serve our nation well as the Director of National Intelligence.”

Coats was appointed as the US Senator from Indiana in 1989, filling the vacated seat of Dan Quayle following his election as Vice President of the United States. He was elected in 2011 to serve a second term in the Senate until his retirement in 2017. During his tenure in the Senate, he served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Coats was also a member of the US House of Representatives, serving Indiana’s fourth district, from 1981-1989. He served as US Ambassador to Germany from 2001 to 2005.

Lankford serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.