10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dan Coats

Coats is running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Evan Bayh, who is retiring


1. Daniel Ray Coats was born in Jackson, Mich., on May 16, 1943. He attended public schools, graduating from Jackson High School in 1961.

2. In 1965, Coats received his B.A. from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. He served in the Army from 1966 to 1968, then earned his J.D. from Indiana University in 1971.

3. In 1976, Coats became a district representative for Rep. Dan Quayle of Indiana. When Quayle unseated Sen. Birch Bayh (Evan's father) for a Senate seat in 1980, Coats won Quayle's vacated seat in the House.

4. In 1989, Quayle became vice president. Coats was named to replace him and then won a special election to complete the term. He served until 1999, when Evan Bayh won the seat.

5. Coats served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and was seen as a front-runner to be named secretary of defense in 2000. President George W. Bush chose Donald Rumsfeld instead.

6. During his time in Congress, he also served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and House Energy and Commerce Committee.

7. In 2000 and 2001, he worked for the lobbying firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson, & Hand.

8. In August 2001, Coats became ambassador to Germany, a position he would hold until 2005.

9. In 2005, Coats began work as a lobbyist at the law firm of King & Spalding. He lobbied for 39 clients, including Google, Lockheed Martin, and Bank of America.

10. In 2008, Coats said he and his wife, Marsha, would retire in North Carolina, where they owned a second home. He has lived and voted in Virginia since at least 2000.


  • The Indianapolis Star
  • bioguide.congress.gov