Shuler takes job with Duke Energy

Nov 27, 2012

U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler will be heading to back Washington after he leaves Congress at the year's end, this time to work for Duke Energy.

In his new position as senior vice president of federal affairs for the Charlotte-based energy giant, Shuler will be focusing on representing the interests of the company’s 7.1 million customers, heading up a team of lobbyists, though he cannot personally lobby for a year under the rules of Congress.

Part of his job will involve working closely with leaders in energy associations to support federal issues that will impact the company, customers and shareholders.

In accordance with U.S. House of Representatives ethics rules, Shuler will not vote on any matters affecting Duke Energy for the remainder of the 112th Congress.

Shuler, a three-term Blue Dog Democrat who decided not to run for office in the Western North Carolina congressional district this year, will bring his record of bipartisanship with him to the job.

"We are pleased Heath will be joining our team in Washington," said Keith Trent, Duke Energy’s regulated utilities executive vice president. "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."

During his six-year tenure, Shuler has been a strong advocate for addressing the issue of debt and achieving a plan that will put the nation on the path to financial stability.

Before his retirement, he is hoping to halt the current course set by Congress that will cause across-the-board automatic spending cuts from defense and Medicare, the latter of which will put doctors and hospitals in a difficult position, he recently told The Mountaineer.

He has also supported legislation for green energy, energy efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Although he will be leaving Congress, Shuler made it clear Monday that he plans to continue working for the people.

“Though I will be leaving public office, my family and I remain committed to public service. As a private citizen, I will also continue to promote deficit reduction efforts, increasing domestic energy production to put our country on a path to energy security and breaking through the hyper-partisan gridlock that plagues our great nation.”