Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the following statement on the passing of Howard Coble, who served North Carolina’s 6th District for 30 years:

“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of a very cherished friend, public servant and exemplary North Carolinian, Howard Coble.  Howard served the great people of North Carolina for more than 30 years, and his selfless service and statesmanship improved our communities and state.  He had a heart for his fellow man that was extraordinary.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.  He was the best, and his influence will continue to be felt by everyone whose life he touched.”