Eric Cantor

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Eric Cantor currently serves the 7th Congressional district of Virginia

Eric Ivan Cantor, a Republican, has represented the Seventh Congressional District of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001 (map). As of 2011, Cantor is the House Majority Leader.[1]

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Cantor voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

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

Environmental record

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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-Abramoff-DeLay-Cantor

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.

Bio

Background

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

Cantor was the House Minority Whip in the 111th Congress (2009-2010).

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

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and affiliations

Committees

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

More background data

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Contact

DC Office:
329 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-4607
Phone: 202-225-2815
Fax: 202-225-0011
Website
Web Email

District Office- Culpeper:
763 Madison Road #207
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: 540-825-8960
Fax: 540-825-8964

District Office- Richmond:
5040 Sadler Place, #110
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone: 804-747-4073
Fax: 804-747-5308

2008 campaign contact information

Official Cantor for Congress website

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

Phone: (804) 358-6160

eric@cantorforcongress.com

Twitter

Articles and resources

References

  1. Eric Cantor profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

Resources

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
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Committees,
Ranking Member On:

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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Chief Deputy Minority Whip
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Committees,
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Caucuses:
Committees: House Committee on Ways and Means, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Oversight, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2000
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2001
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
None or Not Available
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 763 Madison Road #207 Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: 540-825-8960 / Fax: 540-825-8964
2. 5040 Sadler Place, #110 Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone: 804-747-4073 / Fax: 804-747-5308




Campaign Contact:

Website: http://www.ericcantor.com/
Webform Email: / Email: eric@cantorforcongress.com

Campaign Offices:

1. Eric Cantor P.O. Box 17813 Richmond, VA 23226
Phone: 804-358-6160 / Fax:



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Date of Birth: June 6, 1963