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.
John R. Hammond, III, is a partner in the law firm of Ice Miller LLP where he is the co-chair of Ice Miller’s Public Affairs Group, which serves clients in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Washington, DC, through its affiliate, Ice Miller Strategies.
Mr. Hammond currently serves as a member of the Republican National Committee as the elected Republican National Committeeman for Indiana having begun his political career as a precinct committeeman. He is the former Republican Chair of the Seventh Congressional District and has served as an advisor in a number of state and local political campaigns and helped to manage the successful gubernatorial campaign effort for Robert D. Orr, Indiana’s 45th Governor. Mr. Hammond served as a senior policy advisor for Governor Orr for eight years. Mr. Hammond serves on a number of boards including the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, Indianapolis Urban League, The Nature Conservancy – Indiana Chapter, and the Herron High School, a public charter school, board of directors.
In his role as the Republican National Committeeman, Mr. Hammond also serves as an ex-officio member of the Indiana Republican State Committee. He has been consistently recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer, Best Lawyer in Indiana and rated in 2015 by Howey Political Report as the top Indiana lobbyist over the last 20 years.
Mr. Hammond is a frequent public affairs panelist and lecturer, and is the co-author of the article “Campaigns and Candidates.” He serves as a Republican commentator and analyst on Indiana Week in Review, a statewide public affairs news program focusing on Indiana government politics.
Mr. Hammond is a graduate of DePauw University and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He and his wife, Diana Hamilton, have four sons and reside in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).