Duke Energy named Heath Shuler senior vice president of federal affairs, effective Jan. 4.
Shuler currently serves as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has represented North Carolina's 11th District since 2007. His term expires Jan. 3. He announced his intention to retire from Congress on Feb. 2, 2012.
“We are pleased Heath will be joining our team in Washington," said Keith Trent, regulated utilities executive vice president for Duke Energy. "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.”
Shuler’s focus in 2013 will be on 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.
He also will focus on helping employees become more informed and involved with federal issues that impact the company's customers in the Carolinas, Florida and the Midwest.
Before being elected to Congress in 2007, Shuler founded a real estate company in eastern Tennessee that grew into one of the largest in the region. Prior to that, he played quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins.
He earned a bachelor’s degree and played football at The University of Tennessee, where he was a 1993 runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate sports.