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November 4, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC –Congressman David E. Price (NC-04) released the following statement about former Congressman Howard Coble, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 84.

“It was less than a year ago that we took to the House floor to bid farewell to Howard Coble on the occasion of his retirement after three decades of service to the people of North Carolina.

“The series of heartfelt tributes that day, from Members of both sides of the aisle, was a striking reflection of the respect and admiration that so many of us felt for him.  The remarkable thing about Howard was how naturally and generously he returned our respect and admiration.  Whether he was asking after the well-being of family members or chatting with staff about their hometowns and high schools, he always made the extra effort to get to know those with whom he worked, regardless of their title or party affiliation.

“Howard was also an effective legislator and a tireless advocate for the Sixth District, especially in the areas of agriculture and transportation, and he took on complicated and difficult issues in his leadership role on the Judiciary Committee.  I was fortunate to partner with him on a number of bipartisan initiatives over the years, from textile research to funding for his beloved Coast Guard.

“In an era where our politics are too often characterized by excessive partisanship and animosity, Howard’s camaraderie, good humor, and generosity of spirit reflected the best of what this institution can be.  Lisa and I are saddened by his passing, and we join his many friends and former colleagues in extending condolences to his family and celebrating his life.”