Heath Shuler

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Heath Shuler
Heath Shuler.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 11
Former member
In office
January 3, 2007-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee
Date of birthDecember 31, 1971
Place of birthBryson City, North Carolina
ProfessionProfessional athlete, Businessman
Campaign website
Joseph Heath Shuler (b. December 31, 1971) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina. Shuler represented North Carolina's 11th congressional district from 2007 to 2013.

On February 2, 2012, Shuler announced he would not run for re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Shuler was a "centrist Democrat".[2]


Shuler was born in Bryson City, North Carolina. He earned his B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 2001.[3]


Before earning his degree, Shuler played professional football. He later returned to finish his degree, and then started a real estate brokerage and has been involved in that industry.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Shuler served on the following committees:[5]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Shuler voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Percentage voting with party

January 2012

Heath Shuler voted with the Democratic Party 67.7% of the time, which ranked 186th among the 192 House Democratic members as of January 2012.[7]



See also: North Carolina's 11th congressional district elections, 2012

On February 2, 2012, Shuler announced he would not run for re-election after serving three terms.[1] Mark Meadows (R) defeated Hayden Rogers (D) in the general election.


On November 2, 2010, Shuler was re-elected to the United States House for a third term. He defeated Jeff Miller (R).[8]

U.S. House, North Carolina Congressional District 11 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHeath Shuler Incumbent 54.3% 131,225
     Republican Jeff Miller 45.7% 110,246
Total Votes 241,471

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Shuler's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Shuler was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a third term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,347,011 and spent $2,212,737.[9]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Shuler paid his congressional staff a total of $1,112,609 in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranked 7th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[10]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Shuler's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,839,026 to $10,711,997. This averages out to $6,275,511.50 which is higher than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[11]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Shuler was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 176th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[12]

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Shuler is married to Nikol Davis. They have two children, Navy and Island.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles H. Taylor
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina District 11
Succeeded by
Mark Meadows