Senator's wife set to represent Indiana on Republican National Committee

2013-07-17T13:33:00Z 2013-07-17T20:14:13Z Senator's wife set to represent Indiana on Republican National CommitteeBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | Marsha Coats, the wife of U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., likely will become Indiana's Republican national committeewoman next week.

Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday endorsed Mrs. Coats to replace former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman on the national GOP governing board. The state Republican committee still must approve Pence's pick at its meeting Monday.

"Marsha Coats is admired across the state of Indiana and has devoted her life to supporting the Republican Party and the people of Indiana in countless ways," Pence said. "I am truly grateful that she is willing to accept this nomination."

Coats said Pence's announcement was unexpected but she will endeavor to represent Indiana well.

"The Indiana Republican Party has long been the party of purpose, and I am excited about the opportunity to serve Hoosiers in this new capacity," she said.

Marsha Coats has worked as a teacher and family counselor. She also has joined and led numerous volunteer and service organizations.

She met Dan Coats while both attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., and has accompanied him throughout his career in the U.S. House, U.S. Senate and as ambassador to Germany.

John Hammond, an Indianapolis attorney, is the state's national Republican committeeman.

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