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|U.S. House, Idaho, District 1|
|High school||Caldwell High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Idaho|
- Caldwell High School
- University of Idaho
- US Army officer, attack helicopter pilot, unit commander in the Republic of Korea
- Army Cobra helicopter weapons test pilot at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona
Oates has also worked in the satellite industry and developed database software for business applications on the Internet.
Oates ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Idaho's 1st District. Oates won the nomination on the Libertarian ticket. He faced Jimmy Farris (D), incumbent Raul Labrador (R), and Pro-Life (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012, and was defeated by incumbent Raul Labrador (R).
|U.S. House, Idaho District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Raul R. Labrador Incumbent||63%||199,402|
|Source: Idaho Secretary of State "November 6, 2012 General Election Results"|
Oates has been married for the past 28 years to his wife, Debbie, and is the father of three grown children and one grandchild.