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Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.)


District: 6th District
Political Highlights: N.C. House, 1969-70; assistant U.S. attorney, 1969-73; N.C. Department of Revenue secretary, 1973-77; Republican nominee for N.C. treasurer, 1976; N.C. House, 1979-84; U.S. House of Representatives, 1985-2015
Born: March 18, 1931; Greensboro, N.C.
Residence: Greensboro
Religion: Presbyterian
Family: Single
Education: Appalachian State Teachers' College, attended 1949-50; Guilford College, A.B. 1958; U. of North Carolina, J.D. 1962
Military Service: Coast Guard, 1952-56; Coast Guard Reserve, 1960-82; Coast Guard, 1977-78
Start of Service: Elected: 1984 (15th term)
End of Service: Jan. 3, 2015
Committee Assignments: Judiciary (Courts, Intellectual Property & the Internet - Chairman; Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security & Investigations); Transportation & Infrastructure (Aviation; Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation; Highways & Transit)

Election History
2012generalHoward Coble (R) 222,11660.9
Tony Foriest (D) 142,46739.1
2010generalHoward Coble (R) 156,25275.2
Sam Turner (D) 51,50724.8
2008generalHoward Coble (R) 221,01867.0
Teresa Bratton (D) 108,87333.0
2006generalHoward Coble (R) 108,43370.8
Rory Blake (D) 44,66129.2
2004generalHoward Coble (R) 207,47073.2
William Jordan (D) 76,15326.9
2002generalHoward Coble (R) 151,43090.4
Tara Grubb (LIBERT) 16,0679.6
2000generalHoward Coble (R) 195,72791.0
Jeffrey Bentley (LIBERT) 18,7268.7
Gene Gay () 6320.3
1998generalHoward Coble (R) 112,74088.6
Jeffrey Bentley (LIBERT) 14,45411.4
1996generalHoward Coble (R) 167,82873.4
Mark Costley (D) 58,02225.4
Gary Goodson (LIBERT) 2,6931.2
1994generalHoward Coble (R) 98,355100.0
1992generalHoward Coble (R) 162,82270.8
Robin Hood (D) 67,20029.2
1990generalHoward Coble (R) 125,39267.0
Helen Allegrone (D) 62,91333.0
1988generalHoward Coble (R) 116,53462.0
Tom Gilmore (D) 70,00838.0
1986generalHoward Coble (R) 72,32950.0
Robin Britt (D) 72,25050.0
1984generalHoward Coble (R) 102,92550.6
Robin Britt (D) 100,26349.3
Meryl Farber (SW) 2850.1
Roll Call Vitals


North Carolina is 13th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.