State Senator Mike Delph statement on the retirement of US Senator Dan Coats


Commentary by Mike Delph

Thank you Senator Coats for your dedication to the state and nation, not to mention your years of selfless service.  You have big shoes to fill, and I know there will be much interest in this now open Senate seat.  As our nation races past $18 trillion in national debt and as instability mounts throughout the Middle East, northern Africa, and elsewhere, it will be incumbent on the Indiana Republican party to be judicious in its decision making on your replacement.

Having a record of 3-0 against Democrats and having more than 8 years of Congressional experience, more than 9 years of Indiana State Senate experience, more than 12 years of military experience, holding a Top Secret Security Clearance since 1997, over 10 years of executive business experience, over 20 years of marriage, and raising 5 beautiful daughters here in Indiana, I want our Hoosier state to be even better over the next 25 years as it has been the last 50 years.  Hoosier ingenuity and commonsense can inform our national discussions.

In less than 24 hours, I have heard from supporters and well wishers from across the state of Indiana encouraging me to consider running for the United States Senate.  I will be honest to let you know that I am interested in considering this opportunity.  I know there are many “big names,” both Democrat and Republican, that are in the mix.  But I have been an underdog before and have proven time and time again that I know how to win even against steep odds, all the while holding firm to my beliefs and value system.  This campaign, if I chose to enter it, would be no different.  Faith, freedom, and family used to mean something in America and in Indiana.  Now, according to the cultural and media elite, if you espouse such positions you are considered old fashion and politically incorrect.  This needs to be confronted in this campaign.

It’s been eleven years since I had the honor of serving the then 6th, now 5th Congressional District in the office of Congressman Burton.  This indeed was one of my most memorable professional experiences as each and every day I was able to help a constituent with a problem.  It is the reason why I serve in the Indiana Senate, to help people, ALL people.  I have never turned away a request for help whether someone votes for me or not.  It’s the People’s government and whoever is chosen by the people must have a servant’s heart, not to mention a keen intellect.

As Beth and I pray and consider this with my 5 daughters, please know I love Indiana and I love America.  As long as I am able I will fight for the values, ideals, and traditions that made America great and the beacon of hope, freedom, and opportunity that so many people from the rest of the world struggle and die to enter.  Our America is worth fighting for, and I am a fighter!  Thank you Coats family for allowing Dan to serve us!  Thank you Marsha for allowing Dan to serve!  Thank you Dan for being you and representing us all so well in Washington, DC!


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