Dan Coats

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Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats (born May 16, 1943) is an American lawyer, politician, lobbyist, and diplomat. He served as a United States Senator from Indiana from 1989 to 1999, retired, and won election to his old seat in 2010.[1] Coats was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Dan Quayle following Quayle's election as Vice President of the United States in 1988. He won the 1990 special election to serve the remainder of Quayle's unexpired term, as well as the 1992 election for a full six-year term. He did not seek reelection in 1998. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Before serving in the U.S. Senate, Coats was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Indiana's 4th congressional district from 1981 to 1989. After retiring from the Senate, Coats served as U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 2001 to 2005, and then worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.[2]

On February 10, 2010, Coats announced that he would return to Indiana to seek the seat held by Evan Bayh in the 2010 U.S. Senate election. On February 15, Bayh announced that he would not run for reelection.[3][4] Coats was selected as the Republican nominee in the May 4, 2010, primary.[5]


Early life

Coats was born in Jackson, Michigan, to Edward R. and Vera E. Coats. He attended local public schools, and graduated from Jackson High School in 1961. He then studied at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1965. At Wheaton, he was an active student athlete on the soccer team. He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968, and earned a Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 1971. He also served as assistant vice president of a Fort Wayne life insurance company.

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