With a commitment to cut wasteful spending and bring down a ballooning national debt, Dan Coats returned to the U.S. Senate in January 2011 to represent Hoosiers and preserve the future of our country. Dan has dedicated much of his life to serving Indiana and the nation in a wide variety of roles.
After graduating from Wheaton College, Dan went on to serve in the U.S. Army. Following his military service, Dan graduated from Indiana University School of Law and went on to work for a life insurance company in Fort Wayne before joining the office of then-Congressman Dan Quayle as the District Representative.
From 1981 to 1999, Dan served in the United State Congress, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. During his time in Congress, Dan worked to lower taxes, rein in spending and reduce the deficit. He also served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Select Committee for Intelligence.
In keeping with a term-limits pledge he made to Hoosiers, Dan stepped down from his Senate seat in 1999. After leaving the Senate, Dan worked as Special Counsel with the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.
In 2001, Dan was named Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. His second day on the job was September 11, 2001. As Ambassador, Dan played a critical role in establishing robust relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and in the construction of a new United States Embassy in the heart of Berlin.
After his time as Ambassador, he worked at the law firm of King & Spalding and continued to be active in public service. Dan has served as President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and on the boards of many civic and volunteer organizations, including the Center for Jewish and Christian Values, which he co-chaired with Senator Joe Lieberman.
Dan and his wife, Marsha, formed The Foundation For American Renewal to continue their engagement in faith-based initiatives. Dan received national recognition as the author and champion of the Project for American Renewal, a comprehensive initiative working to resolve many of our nation's social problems.
Dan and Marsha met in college and have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
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