Eric Ivan Cantor (b. June 6, 1963) is a member of the United States House of Representatives for Virginia's 7th congressional district. A Republican, he is currently serving as House Majority Leader. A lifelong Virginian, Cantor also served five terms in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Cantor lost the Republican primary in his district to economics professor Dave Brat due to Cantor's weak stance on immigration reform. Cantor will resign as majority leader effective July 31, 2014. He will serve in Congress until the 114th Congress commences in January. This upset is the first time a sitting majority leader lost a primary challenge. Brat will run for the seat in the general election against Democrat Jack Trammel a professor from the same college.
Eric Cantor was born and raised in Henrico County, Virginia. In 1985, he received a B.A. from George Washington University. He then went to law school at the College of William and Mary, graduating with a J.D. in 1988. The following year, he received a M.S. in real estate from Columbia University. After receiving his Master's, he began to work as an attorney in his family's real estate firm, where he worked until being elected to the House of Representatives.
In 1991, Cantor was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and was reelected to another four terms easily. Due to his background, he is staunchly pro-business, sponsoring a bill to limit the liability of the cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris in a Florida court decree, and opposing restrictions on telemarketers. When Tom Bliley decided to retire as Representative in 2000, he ran for the vacant seat. Despite narrowly winning the primary, he was able to defeat the Democratic challenger easily.
- [Obama] "Stop your policies that are killing the American economy"