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Cantor (b. June 6, 1963)
Eric Cantor is a
fifth-term congressman representing the Seventh District
of Virginia. He recently won re-election to Congress in
November 2010. Cantor now serves as the Republican
Majority Leader in the House of
In December 2008, Eric
Cantor was elected to serve as the Republican Whip.
Representative Cantor also holds a seat on the powerful
House Ways and Means Committee, which has direct
jurisdiction over taxes, trade, Social Security,
Medicare, prescription drugs for seniors, health care and
welfare reform. Cantor is the only Jewish member of the
House Republican leadership.
He serves as Chairman of
the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and
Unconventional Warfare. The task force is composed of
Members of Congress who study the threat of international
terrorism on the United States and develop policy
proposals and legislative recommendations regarding the
fight against terrorism.
Eric Cantor is a lifelong
resident of the Richmond area. He started in politics as
a student at George Washington University as an intern
for Congressman Tom Bliley in the congressman's
Washington office and by serving as a driver on
Bliley’s first re-election campaign. Cantor received
his law degree from The College of William and Mary and
his Master’s degree from Columbia University in New
Cantor became better
known to the American public in the summer of 2011,
during the negotiations on the Debt Ceiling Crisis.
During the negotiations between the Republican
Congressional leaders and President Obama, it became
evident that the relationship between Cantor and Obama
were tense and difficult.
While in New York, Cantor
met his wife Diana. The Cantors have three children,
Evan, Jenna and Michael.
and Resource About Eric Cantor
of the Republican Whip
Eric Cantor Climbs GOP Ladder; The sole Jewish member of
the House Republican Caucus, Rep. Eric Cantor impresses
observers with his solid conservative values and strong
talks shine light on prickly relationship between Obama,
Cantor--The Hill, July 14, 2011
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