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WATCH: Thad Cochran on Cantor defeat: 'What happened in Virginia?'

WATCH: Thad Cochran on Cantor defeat: 'What happened in Virginia?'

JACKSON, Miss., June 13 (UPI) --Days after publicly commenting on Eric Cantor's unexpected primary defeat, Miss. Senator Thad Cochran told Fox News he was unaware of the election's results.
Matt Bradwell
Idaho Rep. Labrador to challenge McCarthy for majority leader

Idaho Rep. Labrador to challenge McCarthy for majority leader

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) --Idaho conservative Raul Labrador announced Friday he will challenge Kevin McCarthy for the Republican majority leader job about to be vacated by Eric Cantor.
Gabrielle Levy
McCarthy alone in majority leader race, Labrador mulls run

McCarthy alone in majority leader race, Labrador mulls run

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) --The House majority leader race went from a two-man race to a coronation of Kevin McCarthy, but by Friday, another member was considering a run.
Gabrielle Levy
Pew poll: The U.S. political divide has grown wider

Pew poll: The U.S. political divide has grown wider

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) --The ideological divide between the two major U.S. political parties has grown in the past 20 years, a new report based on a large poll says.
Frances Burns
Hensarling won't run for majority leader

Hensarling won't run for majority leader

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) --Jeb Hensarling withdrew from consideration in the race for House majority leader, bowing out of the vote that will take place next week to replace Eric Cantor.
Gabrielle Levy
Obama: Cantor's loss does not doom immigration reform

Obama: Cantor's loss does not doom immigration reform

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) --President Barack Obama said at a Democratic fundraiser Wednesday that immigration reform still has a chance despite Cantor's primary loss.
Aileen Graef
Immigration reform faces another setback as Eric Cantor resigns

Immigration reform faces another setback as Eric Cantor resigns

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) --Update on immigration reform and how the resignation of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will affect the future of this issue
Christin Roby, Medill News Service
Who exactly is Dave Brat?

Who exactly is Dave Brat?

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) --Despite grabbing national headlines with his upset primary victory over Eric Cantor, tea party upstart Dave Brat remains mostly unknown to mainstream Americans.
Matt Bradwell
Cantor backs McCarthy to replace him as majority leader

Cantor backs McCarthy to replace him as majority leader

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) --House Majority Leader Eric Cantor began saying his goodbyes less than 24 hours after he was unseated by his tea party opponent in his primary.
Gabrielle Levy
House Dems gather for 'Witness Wednesdays' to push for unemployment extension

House Dems gather for 'Witness Wednesdays' to push for unemployment extension

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) --House Democrats have joined a coalition of advocacy groups for a series of events to pressure Republicans to pass an emergency unemployment insurance extension.
Gabrielle Levy
Rep. Peter King fears 'Ted Cruzes' and 'Rand Pauls' will take over GOP after Cantor loss

Rep. Peter King fears 'Ted Cruzes' and 'Rand Pauls' will take over GOP after Cantor loss

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) --Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said he is concerned Cantor's loss will allow the "Ted Cruzes" and "Rand Pauls" to take over the GOP.
Aileen Graef
Cantor to step down as majority leader

Cantor to step down as majority leader

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) --Following his stunning primary defeat Tuesday night, Eric Cantor will step down from his post as majority leader in July.
Gabrielle Levy
Sarah Palin congratulates candidate who beat Eric Cantor

Sarah Palin congratulates candidate who beat Eric Cantor

WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) --Sarah Palin congratulated Tea Partier David Brat, who unexpectedly defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Danielle Haynes
Jack Trammell rated higher than David Brat on Rate My Professors

Jack Trammell rated higher than David Brat on Rate My Professors

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) --The candidates vying to replace Eric Cantor in the Virginia 7th are two unknown professors from a small college near Richmond.
Gabrielle Levy
Immigration protest erupts at Eric Cantor's election rally

Immigration protest erupts at Eric Cantor's election rally

WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) --After Cantor conceded his primary election, immigration activists pushed their way into the ballroom to rub salt in the wound.
Gabrielle Levy
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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)
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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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