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Howard Coble
Howard Coble.jpeg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 6
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1985-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 29
PartyRepublican
PredecessorCharles Robin Britt (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.88 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1984
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,503,763
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Revenue
1973-1977
United States Assistant Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina
1969-1973
North Carolina House of Representatives
1969, 1979-1983
Education
Bachelor'sGuilford College
J.D.University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ph.D.Elon University
OtherAppalachian State University (did not complete degree)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Coast Guard
Years of service1952-1956, 1977-1978
Service branchUnited States Coast Guard Reserve
Years of service1960-1982
Personal
BirthdayMarch 18, 1931
Place of birthGreensboro, North Carolina
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$2,687,615
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Howard Coble (b. March 18, 1931, in Greensboro, North Carolina) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 6th Congressional District.

Coble was first elected to the House in 1984 for North Carolina's 6th Congressional District and won re-election on November 6, 2012. Coble is currently serving his fourteenth consecutive term.[1]

Coble is retiring at the end of his term, citing health concerns. He said, "But if I’m not physically capable of going full ahead I fear it would probably have a negative impact on the campaign. So I have dismissed that proposal and decided I will not seek re-election."[2]

Prior to serving in the House, Coble served as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, the North Carolina House of Representatives and as U.S. Assistant Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.[3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Coble is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Coble was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He attended Appalachian State University from 1949 to 1950 but earned his A.B. from Guilford College in 1958. He then earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Law, in 1962.[3]

Career

Coble took a break from his undergraduate studies and served in the United States Coast Guard from 1952 to 1956, later returning to serve from 1977 to 1978. In the interim, Coble served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve from 1960 to 1982. He was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 1966 and became a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1969. He also served in the House from 1979 to 1983. He served as United States Assistant Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina from 1969 to 1973 and as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Revenue from 1973 to 1977. He also worked as an attorney in private practice. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1984.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Coble serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Coble served on the following committees:[5]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Coble's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Coble voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Coble voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Coble voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[11] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[12] Coble voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[14] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Coble voted for HR 2775.[15]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Coble voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Coble voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Coble voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Coble voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Howard voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[21]

Campaign themes

2014

Before announcing that he would not be seeking re-election, Coble's campaign website listed the following issues:[22]

  • Abortion
Excerpt: "I oppose abortion on demand and have consistently voted to eliminate any federal funding for abortion. I also support prohibiting funding for clinics that do not provide abortions but support other clinics that do. In my view, life begins at conception and that issues such as abortion are best regulated by the states."
  • Education
Excerpt: "My view on education has always been to keep it local. If the issue can be solved by the city, county or state then it should be. The last resort should to be to rely on the federal government to tell our N.C. families how to educate their children. Education is such an important and vital issue to our state and country. It makes us not only more successful, but a more competitive country."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "Almost 50% of the crude oil we import is generated from the Western Hemisphere. In fact, our largest trading partners for oil and natural gas are Canada and Mexico. It is my strong belief that similar untapped opportunities exist within our borders, and we should utilize them to their maximum extent."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I believe that common-sense health care reform must be achieved, but a government takeover of our health care system is not the way. I opposed the health care law and continue to support a full repeal of this costly and fiscally responsible law. At an estimated cost of more than $1.1 trillion in its first 10 years, we cannot afford the price tag given our current economy."
  • Congressional Pay and Pension Plan
Excerpt: "If you are familiar with my record, you will know that I have historically opposed pay increases and excessive benefits for members of Congress. I fight hard to ensure your tax dollars are spent wisely. As a fiscal conservative, I have repeatedly voted against pay raises for members of Congress. Since the 1989 reforms to ethics rules, the congressional pay rise has been automatic unless the House passes legislation prohibiting the increase."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Howard Coble endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [23]

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Coble is retiring at the end of his term. He will not seek re-election. He cited health concerns as his reason for retiring, saying he has ongoing back problems and is still recovering from skin cancer.[2]

2012

See also: North Carolina's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Coble won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 6th District. He defeated Billy Yow and William Flynn in the May 8, 2012, Republican primary.[24] He then defeated Tony Foriest (D) in the general election.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[25] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[25][26]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Tony Foriest 39.1% 142,467
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Coble Incumbent 60.9% 222,116
Total Votes 364,583
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Coble Incumbent 57.3% 50,701
Billy Yow 20.4% 18,057
Bill Flynn 22.3% 19,741
Total Votes 88,499

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Coble is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Coble raised a total of $3,503,763 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[40]

Howard Coble's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 6) Won $531,611
2010 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 6) Won $503,434
2008 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 6) Won $569,684
2006 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 6) Won $457,914
2004 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 6) Won $419,933
2002 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 6) Won $454,906
2000 U.S. House (North Carolina, District 6) Won $566,281
Grand Total Raised $3,503,763

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Coble’s reports before he announced that he would not be seeking re-election in 2014.[41]

Howard Coble (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2013$78,560.42$4,167.79$(45,047.14)$37,681.07
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2013$37,681.07$37,182.02$(36,746.70)$38,116.39
October Quarterly[44]October 14, 2013$38,116.39$44,133.88$(27,340.13)$54,910.14
Year-End Quarterly[45]December 31, 2013$54,910$4,275$(30,656)$28,528
Running totals
$89,758.69$(139,789.97)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Coble's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Coble won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Coble's campaign committee raised a total of $531,611 and spent $639,487.[46]

Cost per vote

Coble spent $2.88 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Coble's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Coble was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a fourteenth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $503,434 and spent $925,991.[47]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Coble is a "moderate Republican follower," as of June 25, 2013.[48]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[49]

Coble most often votes with:

Coble least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Coble missed 538 of 17,203 roll call votes from Jan 1985 to Apr 2013, which is 3.1% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Coble paid his congressional staff a total of $990,111 in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranked 7th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[51]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Coble's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,711,134 and $3,664,096. That averages to $2,687,615, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Coble ranked as the 120th most wealthy representative in 2012.[52]

Howard Coble Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$1,435,783
2012$2,687,615
Growth from 2004 to 2012:87%
Average annual growth:11%[53]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[54]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Coble tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 153rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[55]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Coble ranked 166th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[56]

Voting with party

June 2013

Coble voted with the Republican Party 94.6% of the time, which ranked 97th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[57]

Personal

Coble is single.[58]

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fox8, "Rep. Howard Coble announces retirement, will not seek re-election," November 7, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "COBLE, Howard, (1931 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Congressman Howard Coble, Proudly Serving the 6th District of North Carolina Since 1985 "Biography"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 13, 2013
  23. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of North Carolina Elected Officials and Leaders," January 19, 2012
  24. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named nc
  25. 25.0 25.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" accessed April 25, 2012
  26. North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results"
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Howard Coble" accessed May 16, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Howard Coble Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Howard Coble April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Howard Coble July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Howard Coble October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Howard Coble Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  46. Open Secrets, "Howard Coble 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 1, 2013
  47. Open Secrets, "Howard Coble 2010 Election Data," accessed December 31, 2011
  48. GovTrack, "Coble" accessed June 25, 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Howard Coble," accessed August 6, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Howard Coble" accessed April 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Howard Coble," accessed September 25, 2012
  52. OpenSecrets.org,"Howard Coble (R-NC), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  54. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  55. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  56. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  58. Congressman Howard Coble, Proudly Serving the 6th District of North Carolina Since 1985 "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Robin Britt
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 6
1985–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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North Carolina House of Representatives
1979-1983
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Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Revenue
1973-1977
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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United States Assistant Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina
1969-1973
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Preceded by
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North Carolina House of Representatives
1969
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