Howard Coble

Howard Coble

NORTH CAROLINA's 6th DISTRICT

Coble to host Open House in High Point today

2014/12/04

(Greensboro)----As the final days in office for U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) draw near, he is hosting Open Houses in his district offices for constituents to stop by and say goodbye one last time. There is an Open House at his High Point office today, December 4. The Open House will be from 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.  The High Point office is located at 1634 North Main Street, Suite 101. Rep. Coble said he will conduct an Open House in his Greensboro office on December 12 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm.

Congressman Coble has represented the Sixth District since January 1985.  He announced last year that he would not seek a 16th term in office.

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Legislation to be named for Coble

2014/12/02

(Washington, D.C)----The longtime Coast Guardsman and member of Congress from North Carolina will receive another honor tomorrow when the U.S. House will name its maritime appropriations bill after retiring Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC).  The House on Thursday will vote on the “Howard Coble Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Act of 2014.”

The House is waiving its normal rules against naming a piece of legislation after a sitting member of Congress to honor Rep. Coble’s 30-year career.  He will retire at the end of the year after serving for 15 terms and finish as the longest serving Republican ever from North Carolina.

The “Howard Coble Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Act of 2014” authorizes $8.7 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Coast Guard for Fiscal Year 2015.  The bill supports military pay raises for Coast Guard personnel at the same levels as the other armed forces.  It also funds the Federal Maritime Commission for $24.7 million for 2015.

Coble served in the U.S. Coast Guard on active duty for five-and-a-half years and in the Coast Guard Reserves for more than 20 years.  He plans to retire to Greensboro, North Carolina.

The “Howard Coble Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Act of 2014” will go to the Senate for a vote after passage in the House on Thursday.

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Coble announces first of last Open Houses

2014/11/05

(Greensboro)----As the final days in office for U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) draw near, he is announcing today that he will conduct a series of Open Houses in his congressional offices for constituents to stop by and say goodbye one last time.  Congressman Coble said the first of his final Open Houses will be in Rockingham County in a couple of weeks.

The first will be on Friday, November 21, at Rep. Coble’s office in Madison.  The Open House will be from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.  The Madison office is located at 107 Midtown Commons.

Rockingham County became part of the Sixth District after redistricting in 2012. Congressman Coble has represented the Sixth District since January 1985.  He announced last year that he would not seek a 16th term in office.

Rep. Coble said he will conduct Open Houses in his offices in Greensboro and High Point sometime in December with the exact dates and times still to be determined.

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Coble applauded at final Judicial Conference

2014/09/16

(Washington, D.C.)----In his final appearance before a gathering of high-ranking federal judges from across the country, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble thanked the jurists for an outstanding professional relationship over the last 30 years.  When Congressman Coble finished his remarks before the 2014 Judicial Conference of the United States meeting at the Supreme Court, he was greeted with sustained applause.

Seated next to Chief Justice John Roberts in an ornate conference room in the Supreme Court building, Rep. Coble commented on his role as chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the federal court system.  Chief Justice Roberts congratulated Congressman Coble for his years of service and his upcoming retirement.  Chief Justice Roberts also noted Rep. Coble’s many years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard.  Chief Justice Roberts told the conference that as an avid sailor, he was appreciative to all of the men and women – including Howard Coble – who have kept the nation’s waterways safe for all boating enthusiasts.

Congressman Coble said he wanted to use his final appearance before the Judicial Conference as a forum to simply say thanks.  “I told the Judicial Conference,” Rep. Coble said, “that as chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, I was pleased to play a small part in allowing them to perform their functions as the third and co-equal branch of our government.  I told them a story about a case when I was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and mostly I thanked them for being so kind to me during my years of working with them.  I was very touched to be greeted with applause when I finished my remarks.”

Rep. Coble also noted that it was in the same room when he was seated next to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist on September 11, 2001, and the nation’s top jurist slipped him a note saying that the Pentagon had just been bombed.  After finishing his remarks that day, Rep. Coble stepped outside the Supreme Court Building and was swept up by Capitol Hill Police because the Capitol Building was being evacuated as the nation was suffering its worst day of terrorism. 

      

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Coble to honor Rockingham family for adopting

2014/07/31

(Washington, D.C.)----U.S. Rep. Howard Coble announced today that a Rockingham County couple, who adopted a young boy with Down’s syndrome, will be honored with a national award.  Congressman Coble will present Rachel and Jim Van Eerden with the coveted Congressional Angels in Adoption Award in September when they travel to the Congressional Coalition’s Institute on Adoption’s annual event and gala in Washington, D.C.

On November 11, 2009, Rachel and Jim, who live in Stokesdale, welcomed Edison, whom they called “Eddie,” into their family. The Van Eerdens, a large family of 10 biological children, met Eddie when they were on a family mission trip in Ecuador several years earlier.  While they were serving in an orphanage in Ecuador, a local police officer, for whom Eddie was later named, brought the newborn into the orphanage.  According to the police report, Eddie was discovered “by a carpenter on the outskirts of the main city dump, crying and moving inside a plastic trash bag.”  Rachel and Jim partnered with their church, Christ Covenant Presbyterian of Greensboro, to adopt Eddie. 

Sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, the Angels in Adoption program provides members of Congress with the opportunity to recognize an individual, couple or organization from their districts who have made an exceptional contribution on behalf of children in need of a home.

“The Angels in Adoption Program gives members of Congress a special look at adoption-related work taking place throughout their congressional districts,” Rep. Coble noted.  “It also draws special media attention to the tremendous impact adoption makes in the life of a child.  I am thrilled to honor the Van Eerden family with the Angels in Adoption award and congratulate them on welcoming Edison into their family.”

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Coble named a “Hero of Main Street”

2014/07/30

(Washington, D.C.)----Not because he has been spurring the sale of loud, colorful jackets lately, but U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) today was named a “Hero of Main Street” by the nation’s largest retail organization for his support American retail.

Rep. Coble was recognized by the National Retail Federation for his legislative record of support for the retail industry.  Two retailers from North Carolina presented Congressman Coble with his “Hero of Main Street” award.  Meeting with Rep. Coble were Carly Gardner, owner of Leap of Faith Clothing in Charlotte and Gregory Woloszczuk of Dickey’s BBQ in Chapel Hill.

“I am honored to receive the ‘Hero of Main Street’ award from the National Retail Federation,” Rep. Coble said on receiving the award.  “Retailers operate more than 3.6 million establishments in the U.S. that support one in four jobs in our country or some 42 million working Americans.  I am proud to have played a small part in supporting those jobs with my voting record.”        

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Coble returns congressional funds for 29th year

2014/07/23

(Washington, D.C.)----For the 29th consecutive year, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) announced today that he is returning unspent funds from his congressional office budget. Congressman Coble said that unspent funds for 2013 pushed his total savings close to $1.8 million during his congressional career.

Rep. Coble said in 2013 his office returned $21,295.31 in unspent funds from a budget of $1,230,682. "We have always operated our congressional offices with the knowledge that we are spending taxpayers’ hard-earned money," Rep. Coble said. "Our budget for 2013 was $130,000 less than in 2012. Even with that large cut in our funding, we were able to keep our spending under the cap and return funds to the taxpayers."

In 2010, Rep. Coble’s allocated budget was $1,529,438. In 2013, his budget was $1,230,682. In this four year-period of declining budgets, Congressman Coble was still able to return $500,088.74 in unspent funds.

Congressman Coble maintains a fulltime staff of 16, with eight employees in Washington and eight in North Carolina. Rep. Coble has a four-staffer office in Greensboro and one person offices in Graham, High Point and Madison. The eighth staffer serves five counties on a rotating basis.

Below is a listing of the amount of unspent funds for each year that Rep. Coble has been in office:

           

        • 1985 $5,176.47
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        • 1986 $7,344.00
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        • 1987 $5,000.02
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        • 1988 $17,700.00
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        • 1989 $32,661.16
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        • 1990 $17,592.26
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        • 1991 $14,002.00
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        • 1992 $32,436.24
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        • 1993 $38,000.00
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        • 1994 $19,216.18
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        • 1995 $16,114.65
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        • 1996 $123,005.79
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        • 1997 $71,544.91
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        • 1998 $37,409.22
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        • 1999 $66,106.77 
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        • 2000 $41,388.13
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        • 2001 $77,469.50
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        • 2002 $55,922.55
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        • 2003 $89,682.36
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        • 2004 $71,346.04
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        • 2005 $47,248.11
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        • 2006 $89,545.43
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        • 2007 $71,787.80
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        • 2008 $67,847.42
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        • 2009 $156,663.14
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        • 2010 $217,239.69
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        • 2011 $187,246.45
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        • 2012 $74,307.29
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        • 2013 $21,295.31

                             Total $1, 777,229.88

Each member of the House receives approximately the same amount of funds and the only difference is a larger travel allowance for those representatives from states distant to Washington. "For 30 years, our staff has provided outstanding constituent services to the citizens of the Sixth District," Rep. Coble added, "and we did it in a fiscally-prudent manner. I am proud to say that we have returned almost $1.8 million of taxpayers’ money."

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Judiciary approves Coble’s last major bill

2014/07/10

(Washington, D.C.)----The House Judiciary committee today approved the last major bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) that reauthorizes the law governing retransmission of distant broadcast television signals.  The committee approved Congressman Coble’s Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 5036).

Rep. Coble, who will retire at the end of this year, was the main author of the bill to extend the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (STELA).  After voice vote passage of the bill, a joint statement by the chairmen and ranking members of the full committee and relevant subcommittee was released.  The joint statement was issued by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) along with Howard Coble (R-NC) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY): 

“Today’s passage of the Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act by the House Judiciary committee ensures that our constituents have full access to network programming no matter where they live for another five years.  Our constituents depend upon this license for entertainment, news and sports.  We look forward to working with our colleagues on the Energy and Commerce committee and in the Senate to ensure that legislation to protect satellite consumers is in place before the December 31, 2014, expiration of STELA.”

There are three statutory licenses that enable copyrighted video content to be made available without permission, two of which are permanent as a matter of law and one that will expire on December 31, 2014, unless renewed by Congress.  First enacted in 1988 and renewed most recently in 2010 with the passage of STELA, the expiring statutory license permits a satellite carrier to retransmit distant over-the-air television broadcast stations to its subscribers for private home viewing.  Without this license, satellite companies would need to negotiate with the limited number of distant network stations for carriage rights in order to deliver that distant content to its rural subscribers who live in areas not served by local content.  H.R. 5036 extends the expiring statutory license permit, contained in STELA, for five years. 

Now that H.R. 5036 has received approval by the House Judiciary committee, the bill will be sent to the House floor.  No word yet on when a vote may be scheduled.     

 

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Coble introduces last major bill

2014/07/09

(Washington, D.C.)----With his departure from Capitol Hill in sight, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) today introduced his last major piece of legislation as chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the nation’s television industry.  Congressman Coble is the main author of the Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 5036) that will be marked up in the full Judiciary committee on Thursday, July 10.

Rep. Coble, Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet – along with Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary committee – jointly introduced the bill to extend the expiring provisions of current law that governs satellite companies’ ability to retransmit broadcast television signals.  The provisions were originally in the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) of 2010 and are due to expire at the end of the year.

There are three statutory licenses that enable copyrighted video content to be made available without permission, two of which are permanent as a matter of law and one that will expire on December 31, 2014, unless renewed by Congress.  First enacted in 1988 and renewed most recently in 2010 with the passage of STELA, the expiring statutory license permits a satellite carrier to retransmit distant over-the-air television broadcast stations to its subscribers for private home viewing.  Without this license, satellite companies would need to negotiate with the limited number of distant network stations for carriage rights in order to deliver that distant content to its rural subscribers who live in areas not served by local content.  H.R. 5036 simply extends the expiring statutory license permit, contained in STELA, for five years. 

Chairman Goodlatte said extension of the law is critical.  “The vast majority of Americans,” Rep. Goodlatte stated, “have relied upon satellite and cable services for access to a wide variety of video content, ranging from nighttime entertainment for their families; educational shows for their children; local and national news with information that informs them; and public access channels that empower Americans to see their local, state, and federal representatives in action. Without congressional action to renew the expiring video license, access to these services could be in jeopardy, especially for rural Americans.  I look forward to working with members of the Energy and Commerce committee and House leadership to ensure swift passage of a reauthorization of STELA.”  

Rep. Coble, the original sponsor of the new bill, hopes it will move through Congress quickly.  “This legislation,” Coble noted, “extends existing compulsory licenses for satellite television services.  This extension will implement no change to the existing licenses.  I, along with my satellite viewing constituents, look forward to seeing its quick enactment, and I hope passage of the bill will be a fitting cap to my tenure as chairman of this important subcommittee.”

The full Judiciary committee will begin markup of H.R. 5036 at 10 a.m. on Thursday. 

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Coble to honor congressional app winner tomorrow

2014/06/30

(Greensboro)----The man who doesn’t even carry a mobile phone, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC), will honor a resident of his district on Tuesday as the winner of the inaugural congressional app competition.  Congressman Coble will recognize a Sixth District high school student as the first winner of the House Student App Challenge.

Hunter Enoch, a 2014 graduate of Northern Guilford High School, will be honored for his app named “In-Game Rugby Manager.” 

What: Award presentation to app winner

Where: Congressional Office, 2102 North Elm Street

When: Tuesday, July 1 at 3 p.m.

A brand new contest, House Student App Challenge, was open to all high school students who are would-be software designers who create a so-called “app” for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.  “The purpose of this contest,” Rep. Coble added, “was to foster interest in the science and tech educational fields.  We need more students to consider studying in these important disciplines, and this contest was one way to generate that excitement.  I may not be tech savvy myself, but I know the importance of these applications for our economy moving forward.”

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Contact Information

2188 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3065
Fax 202-225-8611
coble.house.gov

Personal 
-Born in Greensboro, NC, March 18, 1931
-Single; Presbyterian

Education
-Public schools of Guilford County, NC
-1949 Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
-1958 BA, History, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
-1962   JD, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC
– Doctor of Laws, Elon University

Military Service
-US Coast Guard: served 5 ½ years active duty
-US Coast Guard Reserve: served 22 years
-Last Reserve assignment: Commanding Officer, US Coast Guard Reserve Unit, Wilmington, NC

Professional 
-1961-67 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Claims Department
-1967-69 Assistant County Attorney, Guilford County, NC
-1969-73 Assistant US Attorney, Middle District of North Carolina
-1973-77 Secretary, NC Department of Revenue
-1979-83 Practiced law with Turner, Enochs & Sparrow, Greensboro, NC

Legislative 
-1969, 1979-84 Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
-Nov. 6, 1984 Elected to US House of Representatives
-Member of the Committee on Judiciary
-Chairman on the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet
-Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
– Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation
– Member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
-Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

Professional Organizations
-Greensboro Bar Association
-NC Bar Association -NC State Bar
-Guilford College Board of Visitors
-US Coast Guard Academy Board of Visitors
-Alamance Presbyterian Church
-American Legion
-Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
-Lions Club
-Greensboro Scottish Rite 33° (Guilford Lodge No. 656)
-Sons of the American Revolution
-The Sons of Confederate Veterans
-Member- Jefferson Islands Club of Washington, DC


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