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|U.S. House, Virginia, District 7|
|January 3, 2001-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||13|
|Predecessor||Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (R)|
|House Majority Leader|
|January 3, 2011 - Present|
|House Minority Whip|
|January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011|
|House Republican Chief Deputy Whip|
|January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 7, 2000|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Virginia House of Delegates|
|Bachelor's||George Washington University|
|J.D.||College of William and Mary|
|Birthday||June 6, 1963|
|Place of birth||Richmond, Virginia|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Endorsements
- 4.3 Political positions
- 4.4 Presidential preference
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Prior to being the House Majority leader Cantor served as the House Minority Whip from 2008-2011.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Cantor is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Before entering politics, Cantor was a lawyer.
- 2001-present: U.S. House of Representatives
- 2011-present: House Majority Leader
- 2008-2011: House Minority Whip
- 2005-2009: House Deputy Minority Whip
- 2003-2005: House Deputy Majority Whip
- 1992-2000: Virginia House of Delegates
As majority leader, Cantor was not on any committees for the 113th congress.
As majority leader, Cantor was not on any committees for the 112th congress.
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Cantor's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Amendment to defund NSA surveillance programs
The U.S. House of Representatives voted on July 24, 2013 to narrowly defeated an amendment brought by Justin Amash meant to halt the National Security Agency's bulk collection of surveillance data. The amendment would have stripped funding for an NSA program that collects the telephone records of people in the United States, but not the content of calls.
The vote scrambled the usual ideological fault lines in the House, with conservative Republicans siding with liberal Democrats. The House voted 205-217 to defeat the amendment with more Democrats than Republicans voting in favor of the amendment. From Amasha's own party, 134 Republicans voted against the amendment, with only 94 agreeing with it, while 111 Democrats voted for the amendment, with 83 voting against.
Among the Republicans opposing the measure was Michele Bachmann. Bachmann defended the NSA's data collection programs, arguing that "here’s no Fourth Amendment expectation of privacy or right to the business-record exception" concerning the collection of phone metadata. She continued by saying, “If we take this program and remove from the United States the distinct advantage that we have versus any other country, it will be those who are seeking to achieve the goals of Islamic jihad who will benefit by putting the United States at risk, and it will be the United States which will be at risk. I believe that we need to win the War on Terror. We need to defeat the goals and aims of Islamic jihad, and for that reason I will be voting no on the Amash amendment.” Bachmann was joined by, among others, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor in opposing the amendment.
The House on July 24, 2013 overwhelmingly passed a separate NSA amendment, put forward by Rep. Mike Pompeo, that was intended as a middle ground but was blasted by civil liberties advocates as achieving nothing. The measure would ensure that the NSA is barred from acquiring or storing the content of emails and phone calls of people in the United States, but it would allow the NSA to continue storing phone metadata.
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Cantor released a statement regarding congressional approval for intervention in Syria. He said, "I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria. Understanding that there are differing opinions on both sides of the aisle, it is up to President Obama to make the case to Congress and to the American people that this is the right course of action, and I hope he is successful in that endeavor.”
National Defense Authorization Act
Cantor voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Cantor voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Cantor voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Cantor voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
Cantor urged Congress to sit down and talk on October 1, 2013, the first day of the government shutdown. He said, "I just think that we need to talk. None of us want to be here and the only way to resolve this is to sit down and talk and to iron out the differences,” Cantor said in an interview. “I don’t think that there is any other way to do this other than to sit down and talk." He added, "The American people did elect this president, but the American people also elected a Republican Congress. So we have a divided government because the American people voted that way. They expect us to sit down and work things out and work together." Cantor did not think the public was concerned much with partisan politics, despite the shutdown. He said, "I don’t think that the working moms and dads and families in Richmond are waking up thinking about the Republican Party, the Democrat Party, they’re worried about their financial security, their health care security and frankly our nation’s security."
Cantor plans to place his pay in escrow for the duration of the shutdown.
Farm Bill 2013
Cantor has been blasted by several members of Congress over his failure to get the farm bill passed. Democrat Marcia Fudge came away from a meeting ready to make concessions on food stamps. But her meeting with Cantor left her frustrated, "He doesn’t want a bill. Just in terms of our discussion, it was clear to me, it was my sense that he really does not want a bill." Cantor's office claims he wants to create a replacement for the nutrition progam--the old one was dropped at his urging from the farm bill in June 2013. Back in June 2013, Minority Whip Leader Steny Hoyer traded barbs with Cantor over the initial bill failure. Hoyer blamed Cantor, alleging he "...turned a bipartisan bill... into a partisan bill." Cantor retorted, "It really is a disappointing day. I think that the minority has been a disappointing player today."
Peterson expressed frustration with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor while at Farmfest in Minnesota in August 2013. Peterson said Cantor is the main roadblock to get a farm bill passed. He added, "I don't get along with that guy and I don't know what to do about him."
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Cantor supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Cantor supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Cantor supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Previous congressional sessions
Cantor voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Cantor began abstaining from earmarks in 2004, but he was joined by four other Republican U.S. representatives in 2010. In March 2010, House Republicans passed a year-long ban on all earmarking. This meant all Republicans were to abstain from approving money within appropriations bills aimed for specific programs, states or localities.
Republicans announced another moratorium for fiscal year 2012.
|U.S. House, Virginia District 7 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||E. Wayne Powell||41.4%||158,012|
|Republican||Eric Cantor Incumbent||58.4%||222,983|
|Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Virginia's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Eric Cantor Incumbent||79.4%||37,369|
Comprehensive donor information for Cantor is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Cantor raised a total of $26,221,335 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.
|Eric Cantor's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Virginia, District 7)||$7,632,717|
|2010||US House (Virginia, District 7)||$5,955,025|
|2008||US House (Virginia, District 7)||$3,990,894|
|2006||US House (Virginia, District 7)||$3,310,828|
|2004||US House (Virginia, District 7)||$2,472,066|
|2002||US House (Virginia, District 7)||$1,440,428|
|2000||US House (Virginia, District 7)||$1,419,377|
|Grand Total Raised||$26,221,335|
|Eric Cantor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$1,080,247.45||$1,193,432.81||$(739,737.48)||$1,533,942.78|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$1,533,942.78||$1,139,154.20||$(627,209.68)||$2,045,887.30|
Cantor won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Cantor's campaign committee raised a total of $7,632,717 and spent $7,477,917.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia, 7th District, 2012 - Eric Cantor Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$815,546|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$800,647|
|Top contributors to Eric Cantor's campaign committee|
|Paulson & Co||$42,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$891,900|
Cost per vote
Cantor spent $33.54 per vote received in 2012.
Cantor won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Cantor's campaign committee raised a total of $5,955,025 and spent $5,407,656.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia, 7th District, 2010 - Eric Cantor Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$148,869|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$148,349|
|Top contributors to Eric Cantor's campaign committee|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$25,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$530,720|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Cantor most often votes with:
Cantor least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Cantor missed 350 of 8,664 roll call votes from January 2001 to April 2013. This amounts to 4.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Cantor paid his congressional staff a total of $1,095,474 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Cantor's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $3,477,118 and $9,360,999. That averages to $6,419,058, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 17.33% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Cantor's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,893,110 to $8,048,999. That averages to $5,471,054.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.
Wife's board membership compensation
Cantor's wife, Diana, receives $283,855 in compensation from her position on the boards of Domino's and Media General. In June 2013, it was announced that she was elected to the board of the cosmetics company Revlon. The chairman of Revlon, Ronald Perelman, has donated over $47,300 to Cantor's previous campaigns.
National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Cantor was 1 of 2 members who ranked 66th in the conservative rankings in 2012.
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Cantor ranked 73rd in the conservative rankings.
Voting with party
Cantor voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 66 among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Eric + Cantor + Virginia + House
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
Cantor and his wife, Diana, have three children.
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- Fact-checking at PolitiFact
- Collected news and commentary at Daily Caller
- Collected news and commentary at Salon
- Collected news and commentary at U.S. News & World Report
- Collected news and commentary at Washington Times
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
- Who Runs Gov "Eric Cantor," Accessed November 7, 2011
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Huffington Post "Justin Amash Amendment To Stop NSA Data Collection Voted Down In House (UPDATE)" Accessed July 26, 2013
- Politico "Justin Amash prevails as amendment fails" Accessed July 26, 2013
- Politico "How the Justin Amash NSA amendment got a vote" Accessed July 26, 2013
- The Atlantic Wire "The Amash Amendment Fails, Barely" Accessed July 26, 2013
- United States House "Final Vote Results" Accessed July 26, 2013
- Politico, "House leaders back Obama call for action in Syria", accessed September 2, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Cantor's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Times Dispatch, "Cantor on shutdown: 'We need to talk'", accessed October 1, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
- Politico, "The Eric Cantor-John Boehner farm bill two-step", accessed August 20, 2013
- The Hill, "Cantor, Hoyer trade blame on farm bill failure", accessed August 20, 2013
- Minnesota Public Radio, "Walz and Peterson on the farm bill, and more", accessed August 20, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Cantor's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Cantor's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 15, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Cantor on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Roll Call, "Eric Cantor Backs Candidate in Louisiana House Special | #LA05," accessed August 22, 2013
- Roll Call, "Candidates Line Up for New Special Election | The Field #LA05," accessed August 22, 2013
- "All five Virginia Republicans follow earmark ban," Old Dominion Watchdog, December 7, 2010
- Washington Post, "House GOP leader Eric Cantor endorses Mitt Romney," March 4, 2012
- Virginia Board of Elections-2012 Primary Results
- Politico "2012 Election Map"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Eric Cantor," Accessed April 4, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Eric Cantor Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Eric Cantor April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Eric Cantor July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Open Secrets "Cantor Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
- Open Secrets "Eric Cantor 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
- Gov Track "Cantor" Accessed July 2, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Eric Cantor," accessed August 8, 2013
- GovTrack, "Eric Cantor," Accessed April 11, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Eric Cantor," Accessed September 13, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org, "Cantor (R-VA), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Eric Cantor (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
- Politico, "Diana Cantor joins Revlon board," Accessed June 17, 2013
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Official House website "About Eric," Accessed November 7, 2011
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