Lorene T. Coates

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Lorene T. Coates
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 77th district
In office
Preceded by Charlotte A. Gardner
Succeeded by Harry J. Warren
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 35th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1936-01-13) January 13, 1936 (age 78)
Rowan County, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Residence Salisbury, North Carolina
Occupation Retired

Lorene Thomason Coates (born January 13, 1936)[1] served as a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the U.S. state's seventy-seventh House district, including constituents in Rowan county from 2001-2011.

A retiree from Salisbury, North Carolina, she worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has hosted a weekly radio show and for twenty years wrote a newspaper column in the Salisbury Post.[2]

On March 30, 2006, she gained distinction by being the first Democratic member of the House to publicly call for House Speaker, and fellow Democrat, Jim Black to step down from his post as Speaker following investigations of his misconduct.[3] Black later resigned from the House and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of public corruption.[4]

In 2007 she announced her support for John Edwards for President.[5]

Electoral history[edit]

Most recent election shown below. For a complete list see: Electoral history of Lorene T. Coates

North Carolina House District 77 General Election 2010[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harry Warren 9,117 50.46%
Democratic Lorene T. Coates 8,951 49.54%
Majority 166 0.92
Totals 18,068 100.00%


  1. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84356557
  2. ^ Women in the Legislature, Lillian's List of North Carolina, Retrieved May 20, 2007[dead link]
  3. ^ "Democrat Urges Black to Step Down". Raleigh News & Observer. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  4. ^ Jim Black, March 28, 2007, The News and Observer, Retrieved May 20, 2007
  5. ^ Edwards Launches "Women For Edwards", My Direct Democracy Website, Retrieved 21 August 2011
  6. ^ "NC General Election Results 2010". NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 

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