Indiana became a state in 1816, and soon after, two Indiana Senators were elected by the voters and sent to Washington D.C. Both newly elected Indiana Senators were Republicans, James Noble and Waller Taylor. Almost two hundred years later, the state of Indiana repeats history by electing the two current Republican Senators, Daniel Coats, who is up for re-election in 2012, and Richard Lugar, who faces re-election in 2016.
- Daniel Coats. Senator Daniel Coats began his political career as district representative for then U.S. Representative Dan Quayle in the 4th congressional district. Coats served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana’s 4th congressional district from 1981 to 1989 with a belief in smaller government and lower taxes. He served on the Senate Armed Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence. In 1988, Coats was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Dan Quayle and won election for the seat in 1990. Daniel Coats served as the U.S. Senator from Indiana in 1989 until he retired in 1999. After coming out of retirement, Daniel Coats was elected in 2011.
- Richard G. Lugar. Richard Lugar, a fifth generation Hoosier, has enjoyed a political that began over four decades ago when he was elected Mayor of Indianapolis, his birthplace, in 1967 where he served two terms. Lugar was elected to the office of U.S. Senator of Indiana in 1976 with 59 percent of the vote. He began serving in the U.S. Senate on January 3, 1977 and is still there serving his country. Lugar has been re-elected to the U.S. Senate five times. In the 2006 election, he was re-elected by 87.4 percent of the vote. Senator Lugar currently serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee as the ranking member.