House GOP delays taking up tax-cut bill

House GOP delays taking up tax-cut bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Republican leaders of the U.S. House have put off any action on the Senate-passed payroll tax cut legislation until Tuesday.
Jewish GOP candidates grow in number

Jewish GOP candidates grow in number

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A higher number of Jewish Republican congressional candidates in 2012 raises the possibility of a greater presence for the bloc on Capitol Hill, insiders said.

Showdown, shutdown surround funding bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The specter of a possible government shutdown looms as U.S. congressional appropriators work to produce a $900 billion omnibus bill by the start of next week.

Harkin threatens Congress holiday delay

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said Wednesday he will try to hold Congress hostage for Christmas if jobless benefits are not extended for out-of-work Americans.
Deadline nears for debt reduction panel

Deadline nears for debt reduction panel

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- As a Thanksgiving deadline nears, members of the panel tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in U.S. budget savings are struggling toward a compromise, aides said.

Cantor: Keep word on no-new-taxes pledge

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said lawmakers who signed a no-new-taxes pledge with conservative activist Grover Norquist should honor their commitment.

Cantor: Don't demonize the wealthy

CHICAGO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. House majority leader said an initiative by Democrats and the Obama administration is part of an effort to "demonize people that have earned success."
House repeals contractor withholding

House repeals contractor withholding

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. House Thursday approved a piece of President Obama's jobs package, repealing a rule requiring withholding 3 percent of government contractor payments.
Cantor cancels speech; security cited

Cantor cancels speech; security cited

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor canceled a speech Friday at the University of Pennsylvania for security reasons, his office said.
Obama: Jobs bill broken into small 'bites'

Obama: Jobs bill broken into small 'bites'

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama told audiences in North Carolina Monday if Republicans don't want his jobs plan they need to explain to Americans why not.
Lawyer demands probe of Occupy assault

Lawyer demands probe of Occupy assault

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- An anti-Wall Street activist allegedly punched by a New York police officer called for a probe after video showed the same cop roughing up a woman protester.

Cantor: Obama's plans 'not working'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Sunday he wants the president to stop campaigning and work with Republicans on the job bill they've put forth.
Cantor purged from local GOP committee

Cantor purged from local GOP committee

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and other leading Virginia Republicans have been purged from their local party committees.
Obama jobs bill moves to Plan B after Senate defeat

Obama jobs bill moves to Plan B after Senate defeat

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama moved to Plan B Wednesday after the Senate defeated his $447 billion jobs bill by refusing to let it come up for a vote.

Senate passes bill aimed at Chinese money

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday -- aimed at China -- that mandates higher tariffs on countries that undervalue their currency.
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Eric Cantor
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) (L) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) attend a press conference after the House passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 13, 2009. No House Republicans voted for the bill. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)

Eric Ivan Cantor (pronounced /ˈkæntɚ/; born June 6, 1963) is the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 7th congressional district, serving since 2001. A member of the Republican Party, he became House Majority Leader when the 112th Congress convened on January 3, 2011. He previously served as House Minority Whip from 2009 to 2011.

His district includes most of the northern and western sections of Richmond, along with most of Richmond's western suburbs and portions of the Shenandoah Valley. Cantor is the only Jewish Republican currently serving in Congress.

Cantor, the second of three children, was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Mary Lee (née Hudes), a schoolteacher, and Eddie Cantor, who owned a real estate firm. His paternal family immigrated from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s and his maternal grandfather was born in Romania. His father was the state treasurer for Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign. Cantor was raised in Conservative Judaism. He graduated from the Collegiate School in 1981. He enrolled at George Washington University (GW) in 1981, and as a freshman he worked as an intern for House Republican Tom Bliley of Virginia and was Bliley's driver in the 1982 campaign. Cantor was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity while at GW and received his Bachelor of Arts in 1985 He earned a Juris Doctor degree from William & Mary Law School in 1988, and received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in 1989.

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