Eric Cantor

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U.S. Representative

Eric Cantor (R)


Leadership: Minority Whip
Committees: House Committee on Ways and Means
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for VA-07

Confirmed: E Wayne Powell, Eric Cantor
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for VA-07)
On the Web
Official website

Eric Ivan Cantor, a Republican, has represented the Seventh Congressional District of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001. He is the House Minority Whip in the 111th Congress.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
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American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 100 - 23/25 not avail.
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Americans for Democratic Action 0 - 0/20 5 - 1/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 80 - 16/20 not avail.

Iraq War

Cantor voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Howard Dean

Cantor is a staunch supporter of Israel and recently assailed Howard Dean for referring to the Republican Party as a "white, Christian party." [1] Cantor is the only Jewish Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives. [2]


Blunt and "his staff have close connections to uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is the subject of criminal and congressional probes. In June 2003, Mr. Abramoff persuaded Majority Leader Tom DeLay to organize a letter, co-signed by Speaker Hastert, Whip Roy Blunt, and Deputy Whip Eric Cantor, that endorsed a view of gambling law benefitting Mr. Abramoff's client, the Louisiana Coushatta, by blocking gambling competition by another tribe. Mr. Abramoff has donated $8,500 to Rep. Blunt's leadership PAC, Rely on Your Beliefs," according to the Beyond DeLay website.



Cantor was born June 6, 1963 in Richmond, Virginia. He attended George Washington University, received his law degree from the College of William and Mary, and did graduate work at Columbia University. After working in private practice as a lawyer, Cantor was elected to the Virginia State House of Delegates, serving there from 1992 to 2000, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressional campaign

Cantor is described as "a rising star in the GOP who emerged last year as DeLay's foremost congressional defender." He was in consideration to become Tom DeLay's replacement as House Majority Leader, but John Boehner was tapped instead, leading to speculation about Cantor's future in the party leadership. [3]

House Leadership, Fundraising

"Cantor was named to leadership by Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in December 2002 at the conclusion of his first term in Washington. The honor came with an added duty of establishing and funding a leadership PAC to help other members in close contests," Patrick O'Connor wrote July 20, 2005, in The Hill.

"His office set an initial goal of $300,000 for that first year and eclipsed it, said Cantor's chief of staff, Rob Collins. Then he set the ambitious goal of $1 million for the second year and was able to eclipse that by $43,000."

"In 2004, during just his second year in leadership, Cantor raised more than $1 million for his Every Republican Is Crucial PAC (ERICPAC), and he is off to an early start so far this cycle. By the end of May, he had given $279,027 to federal candidates, $127,000 more than any other member of the Republican leadership, according to PoliticalMoneyLine, which tracks campaign contributions," O'Connor wrote.

"Last cycle, Cantor ranked fifth of the six members of leadership in both the total combined receipts that his personal campaign and leadership PAC had raised, with $3.9 million, and in donations he had given to federal candidates, with just over $1 million. But in 2004, the second year of that cycle, he came in third behind House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas).

Cantor has "utilized his ties" to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which he became involved with "10 years ago as a member of the Virginia Legislature," and the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) as part of his fundraising "outreach." "He has since cultivated those ties during his political ascendancy over the past decade and used them to build the foundation of his national fundraising network," O'Connor wrote

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Jim Nachman to challenge Cantor in his November 2006 bid for reelection. In addition, W. Brad Blanton entered the race as an independent candidate. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Cantor retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Dominion Resources$ 71,650
Travelers Companies$ 62,500
DaVita Inc$ 43,000
Paulson & Co$ 42,000
Comcast Corp$ 41,250
New York Life Insurance$ 40,500
Wells Fargo$ 35,900
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 30,000
McGuireWoods LLP$ 29,900
WilmerHale Llp$ 29,250
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Eric Cantor
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Eric Cantor. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 303 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2815 Fax: 202-225-0011
    Webform email
District offices
  • 763 Madison Road #207 Culpeper, VA 22701
    Ph: 540-825-8960 Fax: (none entered)
  • 5040 Sadler Place, #110 Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Ph: 804-747-4073 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office

2008 Campaign Contact Information

Official Cantor for Congress website

Eric Cantor
P.O. Box 17813
Richmond, VA 23226

Phone: (804) 358-6160


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