Last updated on: 6/25/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Heath Shuler Biography

Title:
U.S. Representative (D - NC)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Today Democrats and Republicans are joining together, putting politics aside and supporting a commonsense bill [2007 Save Act, H.R. 4088] that is for the good of America… Illegal immigration is one of the most pressing issues facing America today. It is estimated that over 12 million people are currently here illegally, and thousands more are coming in every week… Americans are very upset at their government for not taking action, and they have a right to be… I am introducing this legislation because I have the ability to reach across the aisle and bring both sides together to reach a commonsense solution. This is what the people of Western North Carolina want and what the American people want.”

“Rep. Shuler Introduces Bi-Partisan SAVE Act – SAVE Act Secures America’s Borders, Provides Employers with Tools to Verify Work Eligibility, and Enforces Current Laws,” shuler.house.gov, June 6, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • U.S. Representative (D – NC), Nov. 7, 2006 – present
  • Chairman, Subcommittee on Rural and Urban Entrepreneurship
  • Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
  • Member, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
  • Member, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
  • Member, Blue Dog Caucus
  • Realtor, Knoxville, TN, 2000 – 2006
  • Football Player, NFL, Oakland Raiders, 1999 – 2001
  • Football Player, NFL, New Orleans Saints, 1997
  • Football Player, NFL, Washington Redskins, 1994 – 1996
  • Football Player, NCAA, University of Tennessee, 1990 – 1993
  • Rated “4th Biggest NFL Draft Bust of All Time” by ESPN, 2008
  • Rated as one of “The 25 Biggest Sports Flops” by ESPN, 2004
  • Heisman Trophy Runner-Up, 1993
Education:
  • BS, Psychology, University of Tennessee, 2000
  • High School Diploma, Swain County High School, 1990
Other:
  • None found