About Dan Coats
Dan Coats was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany on August 15, 2001 by President George W. Bush. A former member of Congress, Coats represented the state of Indiana in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 1999, and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988. As Senator, Dan Coats was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, serving as Chairman of the Military Personnel and Air/Land Forces Subcommittees. He also served on the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence and the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. In the Senate, he joined with Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman in advocating and authorizing a number of defense reform and transformation initiatives.