Joseph Heath Shuler ( born December 31, 1971 in Bryson City, Swain County, North Carolina) is an American politician. Between 2007 and 2013 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously, he pursued a career as a football player in the NFL.
Heath Shuler attended until 1991, the Swain County High School and then studied until 2001 at the University of Tennessee psychology. While still in high school, he began a football career as a quarterback. During his college career he was one of the best of his age and was at the presentation of the Heisman Trophy runner-up.
Shuler came in 1994 in the NFL Draft, where he was committed as a third player this Drafts of the Washington Redskins. The Redskins were planning to build a new team around the young Heath Shuler. His rookie season was moderate (ten touchdowns, twelve interceptions, quarterback rating of 59.6 ), and Washington won only three season games. His second season in 1995 was not much better: after only three touchdowns, but seven interceptions, he was replaced mid-season by quarterback Gus Frerotte reserve on the bench. The 1996 season was spent mostly on the bench as the third quarterback behind Frerotte and Brian Mitchell. 1997 Shuler was delivered to the New Orleans Saints, where he was initially re- starting quarterback, but (rating 46.6, two touchdowns, 14 interceptions, quarterback ) his replacement Mario Bates had to take place mid-season after poor performances. After a foot injury, he retired from the professional sports. It was in 1998 still in training cadres of the Oakland Raiders, but completed no more play. For his failures of the former number -three draft pick Shuler from ESPN was voted one of the " 25 greatest sporting disappointments ".
At that time, he founded a real estate company in Knoxville, one of the largest of its kind in eastern Tennessee is today.
Politically Shuler was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 2006 he was in the eleventh constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Charles H. Taylor on January 3, 2007. After two re- elections he could implement his mandate in Congress until January 3, 2013.
Shuler is considered a conservative Democrat. He was a deputy in the 112th Congress leader of the Blue Dog Coalition, an alliance of financial and socio-politically conservative set deputies of the Democratic Party. Politically, Shuler against the liberalization of abortion laws, against a control of weapons possession as well as for a hard line against illegal immigrants. In these points, it is relatively close to the Republican Party. In economic and environmental issues, however, he is on the party line of the Democrats. In Congress he was a member of the Budget Committee and the Transportation Committee and two subcommittees. In 2012 he gave up another nomination and was named after his retirement from Congress on January 3, 2013 lobbyist for the company Duke Energy.
Since 2003, Shuler lives in Waynesville (North Carolina). He is married to Nikol Davis, with whom he has two children.