Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, is retiring after 22 years at the capitol, leaving his Senate seat vacant.
The Senator served first as a U.S. Congressman from 1981 to 1989.
He was elected to the Senate in 1989 and served there until he gave up his seat in 1999 because of a self-imposed term limit. He became Senator for a second time in 2011.
Coats’ decision has led three Republicans, former Indiana GOP Chair Eric Holcomb, 3rd District Congressman Marlin Stutzman, and 9th District Congressman Todd Young, to seek his seat. Former Congressman
Baron Hill has also announced he will seek the seat on the Democratic ticket.
Whoever wins the seat will served with Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly.