- Associated Press - Thursday, November 7, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s longest serving Republican in the U.S. House says he has some news to share.

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble scheduled a news conference Thursday afternoon at Guilford County GOP headquarters to announce what his office called “his future political plans.”

The 82-year-old lawyer from Greensboro was first elected to the House in 1984 and represents the 6th Congressional District, which includes several central Piedmont counties. He has withstood recent primary challenges, as well as several short stints in the hospital for a variety of ailments.

Whenever Coble retires, several Republicans are sure to compete in a primary for the seat should 6th District boundaries remain largely intact.