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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
Cost per vote$33.54 in 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, in Richmond, Virginia) 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 is running 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.

Biography

Before entering politics, Cantor was a lawyer.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

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

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first 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]

Syria
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]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[12]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] Cantor voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Cantor voted for HR 2775.[18]

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."[19]

Cantor plans to place his pay in escrow for the duration of the shutdown.[20]

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.[21] 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."[22]

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."[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Cantor supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" 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.[27]

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.[28]

Endorsements

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).[29][30]

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.[31]

Comments on Randel's arrest

Although Cantor had previously said there should be "zero-tolerance" for ethics violations within the Republican party, a statement made by an aide suggests a softer stance following Representative Trey Radel's arrest and guilty plea for cocaine possession. Cantor's aide said Cantor is "glad he is seeking treatment and encourages him in his recovery. This is clearly a difficult time for him and his family."[32]

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. [33]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 7th congressional district elections, 2014

Cantor is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Virginia's 7th District. Cantor is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[34][35]

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 District 7 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.[42]

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

2014

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.[43]

Eric Cantor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2013$1,080,247.45$1,193,432.81$(739,737.48)$1,533,942.78
July Quarterly[45]July 15, 2013$1,533,942.78$1,139,154.20$(627,209.68)$2,045,887.30
October Quarterly[46]October 15, 2013$2,045,887.30$679,701.20$(913,483.29)$1,812,105.21
Year-end[47]January 31, 2014$1,812,105$920,094$(812,579)$1,919,620
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2014$1,919,620.05$1,065,608.16$(930,842.5)$2,054,385.71
Running totals
$4,997,990.37$(4,023,851.95)

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.[49]

Cost per vote

Cantor spent $33.54 per vote received in 2012.

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.[50]

U.S. House, Virginia District 7, 2010 - Eric Cantor Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $5,955,025
Total Spent $5,407,656
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $148,869
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $148,349
Top contributors to Eric Cantor's campaign committee
Comcast Corp$33,950
Dominion Resources$30,450
Goldman Sachs$27,650
McGuireWoods LLP$26,650
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$25,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$530,720
Real Estate$403,797
Insurance$318,025
Health Professionals$284,300
Retired$240,835

Analysis

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.[51]

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.[52]

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.[53]

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.[54]

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, 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.[55]

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.[56]

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.[57]

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.[58]

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.[59]

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.[60]

Personal

Cantor and his wife, Diana, have three children.[61]

Recent news

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External links


References

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Tom Bliley
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 7th District
2001-Present
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Virginia House of Delegates
1992-2001
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