Dan Coats, former U.S. senator and representative, is running to regain his position as senator from Indiana against Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about his life.
How old is Dan Coats?
Coats is 67.
When was Dan Coats born?
Coats was born on May 16, 1943.
Where was Dan Coats born?
Coats was born
in Jackson, Mich.
Who are Dan Coats' parents, and what do they do?
Coats' father, Edward R. Coats
, worked as a salesman and moonlighted as a pharmacist. His mother, Vera E. Coats, was an immigrant from Sweden and a homemaker.
Does Dan Coats have any siblings?
When did Dan Coats move from his birthplace to Indiana?
to Indiana in 1968 after he got out of the U.S. Army to study law at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.
What did Dan Coats do before deciding to run for Senate?
In 1966 shortly after graduating with a bachelor's in political science, Coats was drafted
in to the U.S. Army. After finishing
his tour, he attended law school and earned his J.D. and began a career at an insurance company in Fort Wayne, Ind. There, a friend introduced him to Rep. Dan Quayle. When Quayle went on to win a Senate seat, Coats ran for and won four terms in his former boss' House of Representatives seat. When Quayle was picked to be vice president, Coats again ran for his seat and won it, first as part of a special election in 1990, and then for the full term in 1992. In 1999, he stepped down
from his position and began working as a special counsel for the law firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. In 2001, he was appointed ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, where he worked until 2005, at which point he re-entered civilian life
as a policy adviser at the law firm King & Spalding.
How long has Dan Coats served in the Senate?
Coats served eight years in the Senate, from 1990 until 1998.
SEE ALSO: Is Dan Coats Married?
Read Dan Coats' full bio on his official website.
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