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Dan Coats

Personal data
Date of birthMay 16, 1943(age 72)
Place of birthJackson, Michigan
Political partyRepublican
SpouseMarsha Coats
Alma materWheaton College (B.A.)
Indiana University (J.D.)
ReligionPresbyterian Church
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1966-1968
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2011
Serving with Richard Lugar
Preceded byEvan Bayh
In officeJanuary 3, 1989 - January 3, 1999
Succeeded byEvan Bayh
Preceded byDan Quayle
29th United States Ambassador to Germany
In officeAugust 15, 2001 - February 28, 2005
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Succeeded byWilliam R. Timken, Jr.
Preceded byJohn C. Kornblum
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 4th district
In officeJanuary 3, 1981 - January 3, 1989
Succeeded byJill L. Long
Preceded byDan Quayle

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Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats (born May 16, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Indiana and member of the Republican Party. He was in the United States Senate from from 1989 to 1999, retired, and then returned in 2011.

Born in Jackson, Michigan, Coats graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and Indiana University School of Law. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. 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. He was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Dan Quayle following Quayle's election as Vice President of the United States in 1988. Coats 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.

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. He was re-elected to the Senate by a large margin in 2010, succeeding U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, who did not seek reelection. Along with Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, he is one of two current Senators to have returned to the Senate after having retired from the Senate.

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