Howard Coble


  • March 18, 1931: Born in Greensboro; parents Joe Howard and Johnnie E. (Holt) Coble.
  • 1949: Graduated Alamance High School.
  • 1949 -1950: Attended Appalachian State University.
  • 1958: A.B. History, Guilford College.
  • 1962: J.D. UNC-CH School of Law.
  • Served five 1/2 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and nineteen years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Last assignment was Commanding Officer, Coast Guard Reserve Unit, Wilmington, N.C.
  • 1961 -1965: Field Claim Representative with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company in Greensboro
  • 1965 -1967: Field Claims Superintendent, State Farm Mutual
  • 1967 – 1969: Assistant County Attorney, Guilford County
  • 1969, 1979-84 Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
  • 1969 – 1973: Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of N.C.
  • June 3, 1973 – January 8, 1977: Served as Secretary of the N.C. Department of Revenue under James E. Holshouser, Jr.
  • 1977 - 1983: Practiced law in Greensboro with Turner, Enoch and Sparrow law firm.
  • 1984: First elected U.S. House of Representatives from NC's 6th district.
  • 2003: Plays key role in helping to enact the Amber Alert Law.
  • Sep 2007: Coble calls for Bush to begin bringing troops home from Iraq.
  • July 2008: Passes James Broyhill's record as North Carolina's longest-serving House Republican.
  • July 2010: Joins Tea Party Caucus.
  • Nov 2012: Elected to 15th term.
  • Nov 2013: Announced his retirement and said he would not run for reelection in 2014. Rep. Coble donated the money he made during the federal government shutdown to seven area charities ($5,150.40)
  • Nov 2014: Retired after serving 35 years.
  • Nov 3, 2015: Died at age 84.
Congressional Committees: - Member of the Committee on Judiciary - Ranking Member on Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee - Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security - Aviation Subcommittee - Coast Guard Subcommittee - Highways, Transit and Pipelines Subcommittee


Sources: North Carolina Manual, News & Record archive

Compiled by Diane Lamb, News & Record Researcher

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