Jeff was born on December 7, 1959, in Morgantown, Kentucky, and was raised in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of Ben Davis High School. Paying his way through college, Jeff earned his college degree at Indiana Wesleyan University. Continuing his professional education, Jeff received his real estate sales license in 1984 and his brokerage license in 1986. In 1996, he was accredited by the Residential Sales Council as a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), a distinction awarded to only 4 percent of REALTORS nationwide. He is an active member of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS (MIBOR) and the National Association of REALTORS.
In 1976, Jeff began his career in the lumber industry. Two years later, at the age of 18, he became the youngest person ever to serve as manager for that same company, which was founded in 1945. Today, he serves as president and CEO of Cardwell Do-it Best Home Center.
In 1980, Jeff launched his first independent business venture in the residential construction business. Four years later, he founded a real estate firm serving both residential and commercial clients. Another milestone occurred in 1986, with his first real estate development of a residential community. The following year, he developed his first commercial office complex.
In October 1994, Builder/Architect Magazine named him “Builder of the Month.” Later that same year, he was named “Builder of the Year” by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis. As the “Builder Sponsor” of the 100th home built by Habitat for Humanity in the Greater Indianapolis area, Jeff also was presented with the “Golden Hammer Award.” In 1994, Jeff’s radio career began when he appeared as a guest on a local radio show discussing his passion for community service through his work with Habitat for Humanity. Soon after, he was invited to become a co-host to share his knowledge of the real estate industry and the home improvement market with a weekly call-in audience.
In 1998, Jeff built the first prototype of the “Do-it Best Hardware Store,” a new retail concept now being built around the world. Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Do-It Best Corp’s world headquarters serves more than 4,000 independent members in more than 47 nations, with $2+ billion in annual sales. The new concept propelled Do-it Best Corp to dominance in the hardware industry among independent store owners.
In June 2000, Jeff went on his first mission trip, traveling to El Salvador. It was during that trip that the idea for creating “World In Need” (WIN), a not-for-profit charitable organization, was born. Jeff, along with four other men, established the organization on December 19, 2000, to serve those in need. Three weeks later, on January 13, 2001, a devastating earthquake hit El Salvador, killing several thousand people and leaving more than 1 million people homeless. In less than 90 days, World In Need provided more than $2 million in emergency relief supplies to the earthquake victims.
In 2000 and 2004, Jeff served as an alternate delegate to the National Republican Convention and in 2012 he was elected as a delegate. On September 4, 2001, Jeff launched the “People Helping People” radio network, which airs weekly on several radio stations in Central Indiana. In 2003, he was commissioned a “Kentucky Colonel” by Governor Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky, commissioned an “Honorary Colonel” by Governor Bob Riley of Alabama and presented with a United States “Congressional Salute” for his community service. He has also been elected several times to serve as a delegate to the Indiana State Republican Convention.
In September of 2005, Jeff led a first response team of volunteers to assist the survivors of “Hurricane Katrina” delivering more than 2 million pounds of donated relief items within the first 60 days after the storm. In October, Jeff traveled to Pattaya, Thailand for the “Third Global Summit on Peace through Tourism”, with more than 60 nations represented, presenting his views on “Traveling with a Purpose” and the new concept of worldwide “Voluntourism”.
In November of 2007, Jeff was elected to the City-County Council (Republican), District 23 of Indianapolis and was re-elected again in November of 2011. In June of 2009, Jeff was named “Honorary Consulate” to the Republic of El Salvador. In May of 2011, Jeff received the “Spirit of Independents’ Award” from the North American Retail Hardware Association for his humanitarian missions work at home and abroad.
In December 2012, Governor-Elect Mike Pence appointed Jeff to serve as the Executive Director of the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) and in September 2013 the Governor appointed Jeff as a Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to the Governor, which is a Cabinet position in the Pence Administration. In March 2015 Jeff was nominated by Governor Pence and confirmed by the Indiana Republican State committee to be the Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. Jeff is co-President of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis and Grace Assembly of God of Greenwood. Jeff resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Cheryl. They have three children: Shanne Masuccio-Juss; Sara E. Marshall; Jeffery C. Cardwell and one grandson
Marsha Coats has been involved in a wide range of academic, athletic, church and community activities throughout her life. Born and raised in Illinois, Marsha attended Wheaton College where she played on the varsity tennis team. She also pursued her love of music by singing in her high school “a cappella” choir, the Wheaton College Oratorio Choir, and playing the piano and organ in her church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Marsha graduated Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.
During her time in college, Marsha met a fellow student named Dan Coats. The two were married on September 4, 1965. While raising their three children, Marsha taught in both public and private middle school systems in Illinois, Indiana and Virginia.
In 1997, Marsha received a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins in Clinical Community Counseling. Marsha went on to work as a family counselor in private practice and in support of the office of the U.S. Senate Chaplain. She served on the Board of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services of Northern Virginia.
When Dan Coats was named the U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany in 2001, the Coats moved to Berlin, Germany and served together until their return to the States in 2005. While in Germany, Marsha engaged in numerous activities that furthered the work of the American embassy.
Marsha has received several awards, including the U.S. Army Commanders’ Award for Public Service for her work with the soldiers and families of the U.S. Army forces serving in Germany. She also received the U.S. State Department Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Public Diplomacy for her work as “a driving force behind Mission Germany’s Public Diplomacy Program and the American Embassy’s Eastern Outreach Program.” In 2007, Marsha was presented with the Maggie Sloan Crawford Award by Olivet Nazarene University “as a woman whose life and accomplishments mark them as examples and role models for the young women today.”
In 2013, Indiana Governor Mike Pence named Marsha Coats as Indiana's Republican National Committeewoman.
Marsha and Dan have three adult children and ten grandchildren. When the Senate is not in session, the Coats reside in the Indianapolis area.
Mike Pence was sworn in as governor of Indiana on January 14, 2013. Pence was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana. He graduated from Hanover College in 1981 and earned a juris doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1986. In 1991, Pence was named president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a foundation in Fort Wayne that exists to conduct and circulate research on Indiana issues at the state and municipal levels. He started a business to produce a statewide radio show and in 1994, Network Indiana syndicated his show statewide. “The Mike Pence Show” aired on 18 radio stations through September 1999. From 1995 until 1999, he also hosted a Sunday morning television show in Indianapolis. Pence was elected to Congress in 2000 and earned a sixth term in November of 2010. Pence and his wife Karen have been married since 1985. They have three children, Michael, Charlotte and Audrey.
COATS, Daniel Ray, a Senator and a Representative from Indiana; born in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., May 16, 1943; attended the public schools; graduated Jackson High School, 1961; graduated Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., B.A., 1965; graduated Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, J.D., 1971; admitted to the Indiana bar in 1972 and commenced practice in Fort Wayne; served in the United States Army 1966-1968; district representative, United States Congressman J. Danforth Quayle 1976-1980; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1981-January 3, 1989); elected to the One Hundred First Congress but did not serve; appointed on December 12, 1988, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the election of J. Danforth Quayle as Vice President, and took the oath of office on January 3, 1989; elected by special election in 1990 to the remainder of the term; reelected for a full term in 1992, and served from January 3, 1989, to January 3, 1999; was not a candidate for reelection in 1998; special counsel, law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, MacPherson and Hand; U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany 2001-2005; again elected to the United States Senate in 2010 for the term ending January 3, 2017.
BROOKS, Susan, a Representative from Indiana; born in Auburn, Dekalb County, Ind., August 25, 1960; B.A., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1982; J.D., Indiana University, Indianapolis, Ind., 1985; lawyer, private practice; Indianapolis, Ind., deputy mayor, 1998-1999; U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, 2001-2007; administrator, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, Ind.; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Thirteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).
WALORSKI, Jackie, a Representative from Indiana; born in South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind., August 17, 1963; graduated from James Whitcomb Riley High School, South Bend, Ind., 1981; B.A., Taylor University, Upland, Ind., 1985; journalist; philanthropist; member of the Indiana state house of representatives, 2004-2010; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States House of Representatives in 2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Thirteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).
MESSER, Luke, a Representative from Indiana; born in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Ind., February, 27, 1969; graduated from Greensburg Community High School, Greensburg, Ind., 1987; B.A., Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind., 1991; J.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., 1994; lawyer, private practice; staff, United States Representative John J. Duncan, Jr., of Tennessee, 1997; staff, United States Representative Ed Bryant of Tennessee, 1998; staff, United States House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform, 1999; executive director, Indiana Republican Party, 2001-2005; member of the Indiana state house of representatives, 2003-2006; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States House of Representatives in 2000; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States House of Representatives in 2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Thirteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).
YOUNG, Todd, a Representative from Indiana; born in Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pa., August 24, 1972; graduated from Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind., 1990; B.S., United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 1995; M.B.A., University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., 2000; M.A., University of London, London, England, 2001; J.D., Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Ind., 2006; United States Navy, 1990-1991; United States Marine Corps, 1995-2000; staff, United States Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, 2001-2003; Orange County, Ind., deputy prosecutor, 2007-2010; consultant; lawyer, private practice; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
STUTZMAN, Marlin, a Representative from Indiana; born in Sturgis, Saint Joseph County, Mich., August 31, 1976; graduated from Lake Area Christian High School, Sturgis, Mich., 1994; attended Trine State University, Angola, Ind.; attended Glen Oaks Community College, Centreville, Mich.; farmer; business owner; member of the Indiana state house of representatives, 2002-2008; member of the Indiana state senate, 2009-2010; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Eleventh Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Mark Souder, and simultaneously elected to the One Hundred Twelfth Congress; reelected to the two succeeding Congresses (November 2, 2010-present).
ROKITA, Todd, a Representative from Indiana; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., February 9, 1970; graduated from Munster High School, Munster, Ind., 1988; B.A., Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind., 1992; J.D., Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Ind., 1995; lawyer, private practice; general counsel, Indiana state secretary of states office, 1997-2000; Indiana state deputy secretary of state, 2000-2002; Indiana secretary of state, 2002-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
BUCSHON, Larry, a Representative from Indiana; born in Taylorville, Bartholomew County, Ill., May 31, 1962; B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill., 1984; M.D., University of Illinois, Chicago, Ill., 1988; physician; United States Navy Reserve, 1989-1998; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).