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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.)

Political Highlights: U.S. House of Representatives, 1981-89; U.S. Senate, 1989-99; U.S. ambassador to Germany, 2001-05; U.S. Senate, 2011-present
Born: May 16, 1943; Jackson, Mich.
Residence: Indianapolis
Religion: Presbyterian
Family: Wife, Marsha Coats; three children
Education: Wheaton College, B.A. 1965; Indiana U., Indianapolis, J.D. 1972
Military Service: Army Corps of Engineers, 1966-68
Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (2nd full term)
Committee Assignments: Finance (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure - Chairman; Health Care; Taxation & IRS Oversight); Select Intelligence; Joint Economic

Election History
2010generalDan Coats (R) 952,11654.6
Brad Ellsworth (D) 697,77540.0
Rebecca Sink-Burris (LIBERT) 94,3305.4
1990specialDan Coats (R) 806,04853.6
Baron Hill (D) 696,63946.3
Roll Call Vitals


Indiana is 42nd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.