Coble won't seek reelection to Congress

Nov. 07, 2013 @ 01:48 PM

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.

Coble is the longest-serving GOP House member in North Carolina history, having first won the seat in 1984. He's been considered a reliable conservative representing the Triad region and surrounding counties. He's probably best known for his committee work on intellectual property issues and for refusing to take a congressional pension in the name of fiscal conservatism.

Coble has been hospitalized for a variety of ailments over the past few years, including a respiratory infection in late 2011 and recent surgeries.