Eric Cantor

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Eric Cantor
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U.S. House, Virginia, District 7
In office
January 3, 2001-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 14
PredecessorThomas 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
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
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University
Master'sColumbia University
J.D.College of William and Mary
Date of birthJune 6, 1963
Place of birthRichmond, Virginia
ProfessionLawyer, Businessman
Net worth$6,419,058
Office website
Campaign website
Eric Cantor (b. June 6, 1963) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 7th congressional district. Cantor was first elected to Virginia's 7th congressional district in 2000 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Cantor is currently serving his sixth consecutive term. [1]. Cantor is the House majority leader of the 113th congress. [2]

Cantor ran for re-election in Virginia's 7th congressional district in the general election on November 4, 2014.

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.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


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.


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[4] For more information pertaining to Cantor's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

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.[6] 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.[7]

The vote scrambled the usual ideological fault lines in the House, with conservative Republicans siding with liberal Democrats.[8] The House voted 205-217 to defeat the amendment with more Democrats than Republicans voting in favor of the amendment.[9][7][10] 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.[9]

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.[9] 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.”[9] Bachmann was joined by, among others, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor in opposing the amendment.[9]

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.[7] 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.[7]

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.”[11]


Government shutdown
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."[12]

Cantor plans to place his pay in escrow for the duration of the shutdown.[13]

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.[14] 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."[15]

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."[16]



Social issues

Previous congressional sessions

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 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.[17]


See also: Louisiana's 5th congressional district special election, 2013

In the special election to fill Rodney Alexander's 5th district seat in Louisiana, Cantor endorsed state senator Neil Riser (R).[18][19]

Political positions


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.[20]

Presidential preference


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

Eric Cantor endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [21]



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.[22][23]

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.[30]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cantor's reports.[31]

Eric Cantor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$1,080,247.45$1,193,432.81$(739,737.48)$1,533,942.78
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$1,533,942.78$1,139,154.20$(627,209.68)$2,045,887.30
Running totals


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.[34]

Cost per vote

Cantor spent $33.54 per vote received in 2012.


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.[35]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cantor is a "moderate Republican leader," as of July 2, 2013.[36]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[37]

Cantor most often votes with:

Cantor least often votes with:

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.[38]

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.[39]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[40]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]


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.[44]

Voting with party

July 2013

Cantor voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 66 among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[45]

Recent news

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Cantor and his wife, Diana, have three children.[46]

External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. [1]
  3. Who Runs Gov "Eric Cantor," Accessed November 7, 2011
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. Huffington Post "Justin Amash Amendment To Stop NSA Data Collection Voted Down In House (UPDATE)" Accessed July 26, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Politico "Justin Amash prevails as amendment fails" Accessed July 26, 2013
  8. Politico "How the Justin Amash NSA amendment got a vote" Accessed July 26, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 The Atlantic Wire "The Amash Amendment Fails, Barely" Accessed July 26, 2013
  10. United States House "Final Vote Results" Accessed July 26, 2013
  11. Politico, "House leaders back Obama call for action in Syria", accessed September 2, 2013
  12. Times Dispatch, "Cantor on shutdown: 'We need to talk'", accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  14. Politico, "The Eric Cantor-John Boehner farm bill two-step", accessed August 20, 2013
  15. The Hill, "Cantor, Hoyer trade blame on farm bill failure", accessed August 20, 2013
  16. Minnesota Public Radio, "Walz and Peterson on the farm bill, and more", accessed August 20, 2013
  17. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. Roll Call, "Eric Cantor Backs Candidate in Louisiana House Special | #LA05," accessed August 22, 2013
  19. Roll Call, "Candidates Line Up for New Special Election | The Field #LA05," accessed August 22, 2013
  20. "All five Virginia Republicans follow earmark ban," Old Dominion Watchdog, December 7, 2010
  21. Washington Post, "House GOP leader Eric Cantor endorses Mitt Romney," March 4, 2012
  22. Virginia Board of Elections-2012 Primary Results
  23. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Eric Cantor," Accessed April 4, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "Eric Cantor Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "Eric Cantor April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Eric Cantor July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Cantor Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Eric Cantor 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
  36. Gov Track "Cantor" Accessed July 2, 2013
  37. OpenCongress, "Rep. Eric Cantor," accessed August 8, 2013
  38. GovTrack, "Eric Cantor," Accessed April 11, 2013
  39. LegiStorm, "Eric Cantor," Accessed September 13, 2012
  40., "Cantor (R-VA), 2011"
  41., "Eric Cantor (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  42. Politico, "Diana Cantor joins Revlon board," Accessed June 17, 2013
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  46. Official House website "About Eric," Accessed November 7, 2011
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Tom Bliley
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 7th District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Virginia House of Delegates
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