Eric Cantor

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Eric Cantor
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U.S. House, Virginia, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2001-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
PredecessorThomas J. Bliley, Jr. (R)
Leadership
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
Compensation
Base salary$193,400/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$26,221,335
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House of Delegates
1992-2001
Education
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University
Master'sColumbia University
J.D.College of William and Mary
Personal
BirthdayJune 6, 1963
Place of birthRichmond, Virginia
ProfessionLawyer, Businessman
Net worth$6,419,058
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Eric Cantor (b. June 6, 1963) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Virginia. Cantor represents Virginia's 7th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 2000. He won re-election in 2012. Cantor is the current House Majority Leader.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cantor is a "moderate Republican leader".[1]

Biography

Before entering politics, Cantor was a lawyer.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

As majority leader, Cantor was not on any committees for the 113th congress.

2011-12

As majority leader, Cantor was not on any committees for the 112th congress.

Issues

Political positions

Earmarks

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.[3]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Eric Cantor endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: Virginia's 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Cantor won re-election. He defeated opponent Floyd Bayne in the June 12 Republican primary and E. Wayne Powell (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7]

U.S. House, Virginia District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic E. Wayne Powell 41.4% 158,012
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Cantor Incumbent 58.4% 222,983
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 914
Total Votes 381,909
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Virginia's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEric Cantor Incumbent 79.4% 37,369
Floyd Bayne 20.6% 9,668
Total Votes 47,037

Full history


Campaign donors

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.[14]

Eric Cantor's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 7) Won $7,632,717
2010 US House (Virginia, District 7) Won $5,955,025
2008 US House (Virginia, District 7) Won $3,990,894
2006 US House (Virginia, District 7) Won $3,310,828
2004 US House (Virginia, District 7) Won $2,472,066
2002 US House (Virginia, District 7) Won $1,440,428
2000 US House (Virginia, District 7) Won $1,419,377
Grand Total Raised $26,221,335

2012

Breakdown of the source of Cantor's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[15]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Cantor's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[16]

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[17]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[19]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[20]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[21]

2011

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.[22]

Voting with party

November 2011

Cantor voted with the Republican Party 94.2% of the time, which ranked 54 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[23]

Recent news

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Personal

Cantor and his wife, Diana, have three children.[24]

External links

References

  1. Gov Track "Cantor" Accessed May 16, 2012
  2. Who Runs Gov "Eric Cantor," Accessed November 7, 2011
  3. "All five Virginia Republicans follow earmark ban," Old Dominion Watchdog, December 7, 2010
  4. Washington Post, "House GOP leader Eric Cantor endorses Mitt Romney," March 4, 2012
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Virginia Board of Elections-2012 Primary Results
  7. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Eric Cantor," Accessed April 4, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Cantor Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Eric Cantor 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
  17. GovTrack, "Eric Cantor," Accessed April 11, 2013
  18. LegiStorm, "Eric Cantor," Accessed September 13, 2012
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Cantor (R-VA), 2011"
  20. OpenSecrets.org, "Eric Cantor (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  24. Official House website "About Eric," Accessed November 7, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Bliley
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 7th District
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Virginia House of Delegates
1992-2001
Succeeded by
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