Blue Dog Democrat won't seek re-election to House
February 2nd, 2012
05:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Blue Dog Democrat won't seek re-election to House

(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Health Shuler of North Carolina will not seek re-election this November.

Shuler, a prominent Blue Dog Democrat, was first elected in 2006 but faced a tough re-election bid due to new redistricting lines.

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"This was not an easy decision. However, I am confident that it is the right decision. It is a decision I have weighed heavily over the past few months. I have always said family comes first, and I never intended to be a career politician," Shuler said in a statement Thursday.

The congressman represents the 11th Congressional District in west North Carolina, which has traditionally been composed of Appalachian counties.

A former NFL quarterback, Shuler rode into office with the Democratic sweep in 2006. He then won re-election in 2008 with 62% and ran a more competitive race in 2010, winning with 54%.

The third-term congressman serves on the House budget committee as well as the committee for transportation and infrastructure.

"I am also proud of the work we have accomplished with the Blue Dog Coalition to put our country on a sound fiscal path and promote civility and common-sense solutions amid the divisive, highly-partisan political climate in Washington," Shuler said.

He's the second Democratic congressman from North Carolina to announce plans not to run again. Last week, Rep. Brad Miller said he would step down after completing his fifth term.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • House • North Carolina
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Willie Floyd

    Good-we can replace him. We don't need those Blue Dogs anyway!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 2, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. maf

    Likely won't be missed. Now the Dems get a chance to get a "regular" Democrat in the seat! Should help in those sticky voting situations in the house!

    February 2, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Whatever

    OMG you are not running because of redistriicting?!?!?! Grow a pair and fight for your seat!!! You may have been surprised!!!!

    February 2, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. unsub

    no such a thing of blue dogs, these are simply republicans

    February 2, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. Barry Marson

    I am curious to know what his voting record is..

    February 2, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. ron

    Sorry buddy, but there ain't no such thing as a "blue dog" democrat anymore. Don't kid yourself. By going against the president in 2010, you openned the door for a republican house at the state level and the challenge you now face. Live & learn!

    February 2, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. james

    Shuler sees the handwriting on the wall and doesn't want to be alighned with Obama–But he gets his pension as he rides off into the sunset–

    February 2, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. diridi

    Do not say Blue dog blue cat democrat. Say democrat. Please. I hate this nonsense in America. United we stand.

    February 2, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. annie s

    I'm happy to see all the Blue Dogs go. If you're going to vote like a Republican, we may as well just have a Republican.

    February 2, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. george of the jungle

    we need to get another democrat to replace him.

    February 2, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Shuler, a prominent Blue Dog Democrat, was first elected in 2006 but faced a tough re-election bid due to new redistricting lines.◄

    Sooner or later those lines that were redrawn are not going to mean a doggone thing!!! People of color and other minorities will eventually get there and the district is not going to look so RED anymore... They do it every 10 years and every time a Republican is in charge they try to benefit themselves.

    Why are districts "redrawn" in the first place????? – Districts "change” and within months, your neighbor next door is BLACK!! LOL No wonder ginGRINCH is trying to make colonies on the moon – he knows that eventually, there will be no more districts left that can be redrawn!!!!!

    Obama 2012!!

    February 2, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. gt

    thats really sad... he was a very good rep.....blame this one on nancy and wasserman... alll blue dogs are doom under these two witches..

    February 2, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. Keith in Austin

    It WAS an easy decision for Heath after he took a look at his polling data!

    February 2, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |