Lorene T. Coates

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Representative

Lorene T. Coates
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 77th district
In office
2003–2011
Preceded byCharlotte A. Gardner
Succeeded byHarry J. Warren
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 35th district
In office
2001–2003
Personal details
Born (1936-01-13) January 13, 1936 (age 84)
Rowan County, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceSalisbury, North Carolina
OccupationRetired

Lorene Thomason Coates (born January 13, 1936)[1] served as a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the U.S. state's seventy-seventh House district, including constituents in Rowan county from 2001–2011.

A retiree from Salisbury, North Carolina, she worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has hosted a weekly radio show and for twenty years wrote a newspaper column in the Salisbury Post.[2]

On March 30, 2006, she gained distinction by being the first Democratic member of the House to publicly call for House Speaker, and fellow Democrat, Jim Black to step down from his post as Speaker following investigations of his misconduct.[3] Black later resigned from the House and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of public corruption.[4]

In 2007 she announced her support for John Edwards for President.[5]

Electoral history[edit]

North Carolina House District 35 General Election 2000[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lorene T. Coates 11,026 52.04
Republican Charlotte A. Gardner 10,163 47.96
Majority 863 4.07
Total votes 21,189 100.00
  • After redistricting, Coates' House District changed from 35 to 77.
North Carolina House District 77 General Election 2002[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lorene T. Coates 9,886 55.02
Republican Charlotte A. Gardner 8,081 44.98
Majority 1804 10.05
Total votes 17,967 100.00
North Carolina House District 77 General Election 2004[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lorene T. Coates 15,026 60.64
Republican Mac Butner 9,751 39.36
Majority 5275 21.29
Total votes 24,777 100.00
North Carolina House District 77 General Election 2006[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lorene T. Coates 8,279 61.68
Republican Susan Morris 5,144 38.32
Majority 3135 23.36
Total votes 13,423 100.00
North Carolina House District 77 General Election 2008[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lorene T. Coates 20,050 66.85
Republican Ada M. Fisher 9,942 33.15
Majority 10108 33.70
Total votes 29,992 100.00
North Carolina House District 77 General Election 2010[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Harry Warren 9,117 50.46
Democratic Lorene T. Coates 8,951 49.54
Majority 166 0.92
Total votes 18,068 100.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/84356557
  2. ^ Women in the Legislature Archived 2007-08-22 at the Wayback Machine, Lillian's List of North Carolina, Retrieved May 20, 2007
  3. ^ "Democrat Urges Black to Step Down". Raleigh News & Observer. 31 March 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2007.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Jim Black Archived 2007-05-09 at the Wayback Machine, March 28, 2007, The News and Observer, Retrieved May 20, 2007
  5. ^ Edwards Launches "Women For Edwards" Archived 2011-09-26 at the Wayback Machine, My Direct Democracy Website, Retrieved 21 August 2011
  6. ^ "NC General Election Results 2000". NC State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on 28 November 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  7. ^ "NC General Election Results 2002". NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 21 August 2011.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "NC General Election Results 2004". NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 21 August 2011.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "NC General Election Results 2006". NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 21 August 2011.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "NC General Election Results 2008". NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  11. ^ "NC General Election Results 2010". NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 21 August 2011.

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