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Eric Cantor
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House Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 2011 – August 1, 2014
Deputy Kevin McCarthy
Preceded by Steny Hoyer
Succeeded by Kevin McCarthy
House Minority Whip
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Leader John Boehner
Preceded by Roy Blunt
Succeeded by Steny Hoyer
House Chief Deputy Whip
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009
Leader Tom DeLay
Roy Blunt (Acting)
John Boehner
Preceded by Roy Blunt
Succeeded by Kevin McCarthy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – August 18, 2014
Preceded by Thomas Bliley
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 73rd district
In office
January 8, 1992 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Walter Stosch
Succeeded by John O'Bannon
Personal details
Born
Eric Ivan Cantor

June 6, 1963 (1963-06-06) (age 57)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Diana Fine
Children Evan
Jenna
Michael
Alma mater George Washington University
Columbia University
William & Mary Law School
Website Government website
Party website

Eric Ivan Cantor (born June 6, 1963) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Virginia. He served from 2001 to 2014. He was the House Majority Leader from 2011 to 2014. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Primary loss and resignation

On June 10, 2014, in his bid for re-election, Cantor lost the Republican primary to economics professor Dave Brat. Following his primary defeat, Cantor announced his resignation as House Majority Leader effective July 31. In an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch on July 31, 2014, Cantor revealed that he will resign from Congress effective August 18. He also said that he has asked Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to call for a special election on November 4, 2014 that would coincide with the general election.

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