8:29 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Congressman Howard Coble Says He Won't Run for Re-election

Congressman Howard Coble says he will not run for re-election.
Credit Office of Howard Coble

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble says his 15th term in Congress will be his last.  The 82-year-old Republican announced Thursday in Greensboro he won't seek re-election in 2014, opening the seat for the first time in three decades.

I still have the energy and interest to discharge congressional duties, but back and skin cancer are troublesome.

"I had planned to seek reelection recently, but if I'm not physically capable of going full ahead, I fear that it would probably have a negative impact on the campaign," he said. "So I have decided I will not seek reelection." 

Coble made the announcement at Guilford County GOP headquarters, where an audience of about 200 gave him a standing ovation.  Coble is the longest-serving GOP House member in North Carolina history.  He first won the 6th District Congressional seat in 1984.