US Sen. Dan Coats reflects on time in office

The Greater Lafayette delegation met with Sen. Dan Coats in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (WLFI Photo)
The Greater Lafayette delegation met with Sen. Dan Coats in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — With less than three months left in his term, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats is reflecting on his time in office.

Coats came to the U.S. Senate in 1988. He stayed for 10 years, then served as ambassador to Germany.

Coats returned to his old seat in 2010, replacing then U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh.

Last year, Coats announced he would not be running for re-election.

Coats said he wishes he could said that he achieved everything he wanted to while in office, but said some of the issues have been in gridlock.

“Some of the big issues on foreign policy and domestic policy, we didn’t address,” said Coats. “They were blocked. We just weren’t on the same page as this president, and we just couldn’t achieve results that we had wanted to achieve.”

With Coats’ position up for grabs, Republican Todd Young is running against Democrat Evan Bayh — who after taking a 6-year break is back on the ticket.

Once the election is over, Coats said he hopes the U.S. Senate will take a deeper look into using taxpayer money more efficiently.