William Wilfred "Bill" Cobey Jr. ( born May 13, 1939 in Washington DC) is an American politician. Between 1985 and 1987 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bill Cobey attended high school in Hyattsville (Maryland) and then studied until 1962 at Emory University in Atlanta (Georgia ). This was followed up in 1964 to study at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Between 1964 and 1965 Cobey worked in administration in the banking industry, then he was in 1966, sellers of chemical products. Subsequently, he studied until 1968 at the University of Pittsburgh health care and sports. In the following years he worked in this area. Between 1971 and 1976, he was sports director of athletics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Politically, Cobey joined the Republican Party. In 1980 he applied unsuccessfully for the office of Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina. Between 1980 and 1982 he was chairman of the Taxpayers Educational Coalition. In 1982, he ran unsuccessfully for Congress yet. From 1982 to 1984 he was president of the company Cobey & Associates. In the congressional elections of 1984 Cobey was selected in the fourth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Ike Franklin Andrews on January 3, 1985. Since he has not been confirmed in 1986, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until January 3, 1987.
Between 1987 and 1989 Cobey was Deputy Minister of Transport of North Carolina; 1989 to 1993 he served as Minister for the Environment, Health and Natural Phenomena his state. From 1999 to 2003 he was Chairman of the Republican Party in North Carolina. In 2004, he competed unsuccessfully for his party's nomination for the upcoming gubernatorial election. In the years 2007 and 2008 he led the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Mike Huckabee in North Carolina. Bill Cobey is married and has two children and four grandchildren. He now lives in Chapel Hill.