|U.S. Representative||U.S. House 11||Incumbent|
|Party||In Office Since||Term Ends|
|Level of Government|
|Date of Birth||Birthplace||Now Lives In|
|December 31, 1971||Bryson City, NC||Waynesville, NC|
Heath Shuler had better luck in his second big move to Washington. A star quarterback in high school and college, the Western Carolina native was famously a dud playing for the Washington Redskins. But after turning down Republican scouts in Tennessee, he successfully unseated longtime U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor in 2006 as a conservative Democrat, winning by an even larger margin two years later. One of two members of the Blue Dog Coalition from North Carolina, he briefly considered a run for U.S. Senate during his second term.
In 2007, he was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by a Capitol Hill newspaper.
Son, Navy; daughter, Island
Heath Shuler is a U.S. representative from the 11th District in North Carolina and a former pro football player.
Early Life and Education
Joseph Heath Shuler was born Dec. 31, 1971, in Bryson City, N.C. His father was a mailman.
He led Swain High's football team to three consecutive state 1-A titles.
He then attended the University of Tennessee, playing college football as the star quarterback. In 1993, he was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.
Pro Football Career
As a college junior in 1994, Shuler was a first-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins.
Shuler was widely considered a disappointment in professional football due to injuries and poor game results.
After leaving the National Football League, Shuler returned to the University of Tennessee to finish his education, earning a bachelor's degree in 2001.
He then started a real estate company in Knoxville, Tenn., with his brother.
In 2002, Tennessee Republicans unsuccessfully attempted to recruit Shuler to run for Congress.
Shuler represents the 11th Congressional District, which includes Asheville and most of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
After winning his second race, Shuler spent several months publicly considering a run for U.S. Senate before deciding against it.
Research and reporting by Ryan Teague Beckwith.
|Real estate company owner
Heath Shuler Real Estate
512 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 400, Asheville, N.C. 28801
|bachelor of arts
University of Tennessee