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Rep. Howard Coble

Former Representative for North Carolina’s 6th District

Coble was the representative for North Carolina’s 6th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1985 to 2014.

Photo of Rep. Howard Coble [R-NC6, 1985-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2014 Report Card for Coble.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Coble is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Coble sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Coble was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 17 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Coble sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (80%) Law (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Coble recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Coble voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Coble voted Aye

Coble voted Aye

Coble voted No

Passed 215/195 on Apr 27, 2012.

Coble voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Coble voted No

Coble voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Coble voted No

Coble voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1985 to Dec 2014, Coble missed 692 of 18,300 roll call votes, which is 3.8%. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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