Senator Dan Coats, '72 To Advise Supreme Court Samuel Alito
The White House has recruited former Indiana Senator Dan Coats, ’72 to serve in an informal capacity as advisor to President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Coats is currently a senior counsel in the D.C. office of King & Spalding. Senator Coats joined the law firm after serving as U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from August 2001 to February 2005. A former member of Congress, Senator Coats represented Indiana in the United States Senate from 1989 to 1999, and in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988.
As he did with Harriet Miers who withdrew from consideration for the high court at the end of October, Senator Coats will be working closely with the new nominee and serving as a public advocate for him.
Coats, who graduated from the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 1972, received the Distinguished Alumni Service award from the school’s Alumni Association in 1995.