WASHINGTON — Former United States Senator and current senate candidate Dan Coats and Eighth District Congressional candidate Larry Bucshon will be the keynote speakers at the annual Daviess County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on June 1 at the Washington Community Building at Eastside Park. Once called a “thinking man’s conservative” by The Washington Times, Coats has dedicated his life to public and community service and the Hoosier values of faith, family and freedom. A graduate of Wheaton College and the Indiana University School of Law, Coats has represented Indiana in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. As a legislator, Coats voted to cut taxes and limit spending — including new energy taxes — and helped reduce the deficit through spending cuts and entitlement reforms, all issues he continues to champion today. He also focused on defense and national security issues having served on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Select Committee for Intelligence and advocated for a number of defense reforms and transformation initiatives. Honoring a term limits pledge, Coats stepped down from the senate in 1999 and entered private legal practice, only to be recalled to government service in 2001 as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany. Coats’ second day on the job was Sept. 11, 2001. Following the terrorist attacks against the United States, Coats worked closely with a strong ally and friend during one of the most crucial periods in the Nation’s history. As ambassador, Coats played a critical role in establishing robust relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and in the construction of a new United States Embassy in the heart of Berlin next to the Brandenburg Gate. After leaving his post in Germany in 2005, Coats again entered private legal practice until deciding earlier this year to once again seek the GOP nomination for United States Senate from Indiana. Earlier this month, he defeated four other Republicans to earn the party’s nomination for the general election. Coats and his wife Marsha, who met in college, are the parents of three grown children and the grandparents of seven. For more than two decades Bucshon has worked to protect the lives of his patients and lead a successful medical practice. His entrance into public service is indicative of his life’s work: a desire to diagnose problems, and provide practical solutions. The son of a coal miner and a nurse, Bucshon is a native of tiny Kincaid, Ill. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois at Chicago medical school, and he completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Bucshon has spent his career specializing in cardiothoracic surgery and has performed hundreds of heart surgeries. Since 2003 he has served as President of Ohio Valley HeartCare, the tri-state region’s most comprehensive cardiology and cardiovascular surgery practice. His work and leadership in this field led to him being honored as the St. Mary’s Medical Staff Physician of the year in 2007. In addition to his role as President of OVHC, Bucshon serves as chief of cardiothoracic surgery and medical director of the open heart recovery intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Bucshon claimed the GOP primary in the 8th District from a field of eight candidates earlier this month. Bucshon, a nearly 10-year veteran of the United States Naval Reserve and a youth hockey coach, and his wife Kathryn, an anesthesiologist, reside in Warrick County with their four children. The reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner slated to start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and are available from any Daviess County GOP Central Committee officer or by calling 486-6422 or 254-1135 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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