Cantor, Eric Ivan

Cantor, Eric Ivan,

1963–, U.S. politician, b. Richmond, Va., grad. George Washington Univ. (B.A., 1985), William and Mary (J.D., 1988), Columbia (M.S., 1989). A conservative Republican, he worked as a real-estate developer, founded a mortgage-brokerage agency, and served (1991–2001) in the Virginia House of Delegates before he was elected (2000) to the House of Representatives. An expert vote counter and successful fundraiser, he became Republican chief deputy whip in 2004 and quickly won note as a spokesman for his party's right wing. Cantor became minority whip in 2009, and was one of the leading voices in opposition to President ObamaObama, Barack
(Barack Hussein Obama 2d), , 1961–, 44th president of the United States (2009–), b. Honolulu, grad. Columbia (B.A. 1983), Harvard Law School (J.D. 1991).
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's stimulus package and health-care insurance overhaul. After the Republicans won control of the House in the 2010 midterm elections, he became (2011) House majority leader. Despite being regarded as a member of the House leadership attuned to the Tea PartyTea Party,
in the early 21st cent., U.S. political movement that arose in reaction to the economic crisis of 2008 and the government rescue and aid measures for the financial, automobile, and other industries as well as broader stimulus measures enacted in 2008 and 2009.
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 movement, he lost the 2014 primary to a more conservative challenger, He subsequently resigned as majority leader and then from Congress, joining a Wall Street investment bank.

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See his Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders (2010, with P. Ryan and K. McCarthy).