Dan Coats


Daniel Ray "Dan" Coats is the senior United States Senator from Indiana and member of the Republican Party. He was in the United States Senate from 1989 to 1999, retired, and then returned in 2011. Born in Jackson, Michigan, Coats graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. Before serving in the U.S.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born on May 16, 1943.


1961 18 Years Old Coats attended local public schools, and graduated from Jackson High School in 1961. … Read More


1966 23 Years Old He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968, and earned a Juris Doctor from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in 1972, where he was also the associate editor of the Indiana Law Review. … Read More


1976 33 Years Old From 1976 to 1980, Coats worked for then-U.S. Representative Dan Quayle, a Republican from Indiana's 4th congressional district, as Quayle's district representative.
1980 37 Years Old When Quayle decided to challenge three-term Democratic incumbent Birch Bayh in the 1980 U.S. Senate election, Coats ran for and won Quayle's seat in the U.S. House.


1988 45 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Dan Quayle following Quayle's election as Vice President of the United States in 1988. … Read More
1990 47 Years Old Coats was subsequently elected to the seat in 1990 and 1992 and served in the Senate until January 1999, when Evan Bayh became the new Senator. … Read More
1991 48 Years Old On multiple occasions, Coats has supported gun control measures. In 1991, he voted in favor of the Biden-Thurmond Violent Crime Control Act of 1991. … Read More


Subsequently, he supported the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act that President Clinton signed into law in 1993. … Read More
1996 - 1998 2 More Events
2000 57 Years Old Coats worked as Special Counsel member in the firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand in 2000 and 2001.
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 Bayh, who announced his own retirement shortly after Coats declared his candidacy. … Read More


2005 62 Years Old In 2005, Coats drew attention when he was chosen by President George W. Bush to shepherd Harriet Miers' failed nomination to the Supreme Court through the Senate. … Read More
2007 64 Years Old In 2007, Coats served as co-chairman of a team of lobbyists for Cooper Industries, a Texas corporation that moved its principal place of business to Bermuda, where it would not be liable for U.S. taxes. … Read More
On February 10, 2010, Coats confirmed that he would return to Indiana to run for the seat held by incumbent Evan Bayh in the 2010 United States Senate election.
2012 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Coats became the senior senator from Indiana after Richard Lugar lost a challenge in the 2012 Republican primary election and subsequently was not re-elected to the Senate in 2012. … Read More
2013 70 Years Old In April 2013, Coats was one of forty-six senators to vote against passage of a bill which would have expanded background checks for gun buyers. … Read More
2015 72 Years Old He announced in March 2015 that he would not run for re-election in 2016.
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