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Dan Coats
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U.S. Senate, Indiana
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected2010
Next general2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States Ambassador to Germany
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
High schoolJackson High School (1961)
Bachelor'sWheaton College (1965)
J.D.Indiana University School of Law (1971)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1966-1968
Date of birthMay 16, 1943
Place of birthJackson, Michigan
Office website
Campaign website
Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats (b. May 16, 1943) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Indiana. Coats was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Coats is a "moderate Republican follower".[1]


Coats was born in Jackson, Michigan. 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. [2]


Committee assignments

U.S. Senate



Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Dan Coats voted with the Republican Party 92 of the time, which ranked 18 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.[4]



On November 2, 2010, Coats won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Brad Ellsworth (D), Rebecca Sink-Burris (L), Jim Miller (I), and Jack Rooney (I) in the general election.[5]

U.S. Senate, Indiana General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDan Coats 54.6% 952,116
     Democratic Brad Ellsworth 40% 697,775
     Libertarian Rebecca Sink-Burris 5.4% 94,330
     Independent Jim Miller 0% 161
     Independent Jack Rooney 0% 99
Total Votes 1,744,481

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Coats's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Coats won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Cpats's campaign committee raised a total of $4,396,274 and spent $3,478,713.[6]

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Dan and Marsha Coats met in college and have three adult children and eight grandchildren.[2]Coats and his wife Marsha formed The Foundation For American Renewal to continue their engagement in faith-based initiatives. Coats received national recognition as the author and champion of the Project for American Renewal, a comprehensive initiative created to help resolve many of our nation's social problems.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Evan Bayh
U.S. Senate-Indiana
Succeeded by