|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th district
January 3, 1985
|Preceded by||Robin Britt|
March 18, 1931 |
Greensboro, North Carolina
|Residence||Greensboro, North Carolina|
|Alma mater||Guilford College, University of North Carolina|
|Service/branch||United States Coast Guard|
|Years of service||1952-1956
John Howard Coble (born March 18, 1931) is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 6th congressional district, serving since 1985. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes all or portions of nine counties in the northern-central part of the state, including portions of Greensboro and Durham.
Early life, education, and pre-political career 
Coble was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. After high school, he initially attended Appalachian State University, but after a year joined the United States Coast Guard, serving for over 5 years and staying on as a reservist for an additional 18 years. Upon discharging from military service, he attended Guilford College, from which he received a history degree. He is a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Coble then moved on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a degree in law.
After graduating from college, Coble first worked as an insurance agent. He then spent nearly 20 years as a practicing attorney, and he was also Secretary of Revenue under North Carolina Governor James Holshouser. In 1979, Coble was elected to the state House of Representatives, serving until his election to Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives 
Coble was first elected to Congress in 1984, narrowly defeating Walter Cockerham in the primary 51%-49%. In the general election, he defeated one-term Democratic incumbent Robin Britt 51%-49%. Coble was likely the beneficiary of long coattails from Ronald Reagan, who carried the district by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. In 1986, He defeated Britt in a rematch, which was an even closer 50.03%-49.97% and Coble won by only 79 votes (closest margin of victory that year). Since then, he has never won re-election with less than 62% of the vote. In July 2008, Coble won the Republican primary unopposed and became North Carolina's longest-serving Republican U.S. congressman, surpassing former U.S. Congressman Jim Broyhill who was also elected to 12 terms but left the House in July 1986 to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Coble sat on the 105th United States Congress and motioned to suspend the rules and pass NET Act on November 4, 1997, which removed the requirement of financial gain for criminal prosecution of copyright violation. NET Act was passed only after the House suspended the rules,.
Coble is a strong supporter of agriculture and has voted in favor of bills to protect agriculture. Coble opposes further regulation of tobacco because he believes it will hurt North Carolina tobacco planters.
Coble takes a hard-line position on illegal drugs, and co-sponsored a resolution to oppose the legalization and use of medical marijuana. He also voted for an amendment to authorize drug testing on federal employees. However, he authored a resolution to celebrate the passage of Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States. Coble is also a member of the Tea Party Caucus, joining Sue Myrick and Walter B. Jones as the sole members of the North Carolina Congressional delegation to join the group.
Coble has pledged not to receive any pension from the United States government. He told CBS Up to the Minute, "I figured taxpayers pay my salary - not a bad salary, and I figure that's sufficient. Let me fend for myself after the salary's collected." He also stated to CBS, "I've pledged my assurance I won't take the pension. That's between my constituents and me. As far as convicted felons, I guess that's between their constituents and themselves." He is one of two Congressmen, with Ron Paul, to have pledged to decline his pension.
Committee assignments 
- Committee on the Judiciary
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Caucus memberships 
- Congressional Fire Services Caucus
- Congressional Caucus on Turkey and Turkish Americans
- International Conservation Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
- Sportsmen's Caucus
- Tea Party Caucus
Personal life 
He is also helping to take down the "Downfall Parodies" internet meme off of YouTube alongside Abraham Foxman and Martin Moskowicz through the use of DMCAs. As a result, he becomes a subject of mockery in the parodies. One example showed Hitler's generals and Goebbels confronting Coble himself.
Electoral history 
|Year||Republican||Votes||%||Democratic||Votes||%||Third Party||Party||Votes||%||Third Party||Party||Votes||%|
|1984||Howard Coble||102,925||51%||Robin Britt||100,263||49%|
|1986||Howard Coble||72,329||50%||Robin Britt||72,250||50%|
|1988||Howard Coble||116,534||62%||Tom Gilmore||70,008||38%|
|1990||Howard Coble||125,392||67%||Helen Allegrone||62,913||33%|
|1992||Howard Coble||162,822||71%||Robin Hood||67,200||29%|
|1994||Howard Coble||98,355||100%||No candidate|
|1996||Howard Coble||167,828||73%||Mark Costley||58,022||25%||Gary Goodson||Libertarian||2,693||1%|
|1998||Howard Coble||112,740||89%||No candidate||Jeffrey Bentley||Libertarian||14,454||11%|
|2000||Howard Coble||195,727||91%||No candidate||Jeffrey Bentley||Libertarian||18,726||9%|
|2002||Howard Coble||151,430||90%||No candidate||Tara Grubb||Libertarian||16,067||10%|
|2004||Howard Coble||207,470||73%||William Jordan||76,153||27%|
|2006||Howard Coble||108,433||71%||Rory Blake||44,661||29%|
|2008||Howard Coble||221,008||67%||Teresa Bratton||108,873||33%|
|2010||Howard Coble||156,252||75%||Sam Turner||51,507||25%|
|2012||Howard Coble||222,116||61%||Tony Foriest||142,467||39%||Hugh Chauvin||Libertarian||4,847||2%||Brandon Parmer||Green||2,017||1%|
- Bill Summary & Status 105th Congress (1997 - 1998) H.R.2267 All Congressional Actions
- Bill Summary & Status 105th Congress (1997-1998) H.R.2265
- H.J.Res 117, 105th Congress
- John Howard Coble on Drugs
- H.Con.Res. 415, 110th Congress
- "Pensions Follow Ex-Lawmakers to Prison". CBS News. December 22, 2009.
- Carter, Ric (July/August 2012). "Masonic Hero Gets Rites at Reburial" (PDF). The North Carolina Mason (Raleigh, NC, USA: Grand Lodge of A.F.&A.M. of North Carolina) 137 (4): Page 5,8. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
- "Office of the House Clerk – Electoral Statistics". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives.
- "Election Results". Federal Election Commission.
- "November 6, 2012 General Election". Retrieved 18 April 2013.
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- Congressman Howard Coble official U.S. House site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Profile at SourceWatch
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