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Shuler to lobby for Duke Energy after term

The day after Rep. Heath Shuler's third term expires on Jan. 3, 2013, the outgoing congressman will start lobbying for Duke Energy.

The company announced Monday that Shuler will hold the title of senior vice president of federal affairs.

"We are pleased Heath will be joining our team in Washington," said Keith Trent, speaking on behalf of Duke Energy in a release. "Heath is well known in Washington for working with leaders from both political parties and for bringing people together in his district in Western North Carolina."

According to the release, Shuler's focus in 2013 will be "building the federal affairs team and working with leaders in energy associations in which Duke is involved to support federal issues important to the company's customers and shareholders."

Shuler, a moderate Democrat who did not seek re-election, will not be allowed to vote on any legislation affecting Duke Energy for the remainder of his term.

Mark Meadows, a Republican, was elected to take over for Shluer as the representative of District 11.

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