Dan Coats - Republican

AGE: 67

OCCUPATION: Attorney, former lobbyist, former U.S. Senator, former member of Congress

EDUCATION: Bachelor Degree from Wheaton College (Illinois).  Law degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis (1971)


POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Coats worked for Indiana Congressman Dan Quayle from 1976-1980.  When Quayle ran for the U.S. Senate in 1980, Coats ran for his congressional seat and was elected to Congress where he served from 1981 until 1989. Coats was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1989 when Senator Quayle was elected Vice President.  Coats won a special election in 1990 to fill out the remainder of Sen. Quayle's term, and then won a full term in 1992.  Coats did not seek re-election in 1998.  He served as Ambassador to Germany from 2001-2005.

2010 CAMPAIGN:  Coats announced in February 2010 that he was moving back to Indiana to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Evan Bayh.  He faced four Republicans in the May primary, capturing 39% of the vote to 25% for state senator Marlin Stutzman and 22% for John Hostettler, a former Congressman from Indiana's 8th district.