Meet Eric Cantor. He is a fourth-term Republican Congressman representing the 7th District of Virginia and also holds the leadership position of House Chief Deputy Minority Whip. He too is now rumored to be on John McCain’s “short list” as his Vice Presidential running mate. Read his biography, see photos and video below.
It’s being reported that Team McCain has asked Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor for personal documents as the Republican presidential candidate steps up his search for a running mate. Cantor is a stalwart conservative and a good ideological choice for McCain, perhaps bolstering his support from wary conservatives such as myself.
Many see him as one of the best young turks in the GOP. In fact, in a recent National Journal anonymous poll of three dozen Republican congressmen and senators, Cantor received the second-highest number of votes — behind only Mitt Romney — for whom they would like as McCain’s veep pick.
Cantor’s name has been in the background on McCain’s VP search all along. But since many may not be familiar with him, here’s a quick look:
- Cantor represents a district that went 61% – 38% for Bush in 2004;
- He is the only Jewish Republican in the House;
- He won his 2006 re-election 64% – 34%;
- He received a 100% conservative rating from the ACU in 2007.
With Virginia now being considered a “battleground” state, it would clearly be an interesting pick especially if Obama chose Gov. Tim Kaine also from Virginia. Hopefully, we find out soon.
Eric Cantor was born in Richmond, Virginia on June 6, 1963 so his age is 45. He attended George Washington University where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and received his Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary. He also did graduate work at Columbia University receiving a master’s degree in government.
Cantor worked for over a decade with his family’s small business doing legal work and real estate development. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, serving there from 1992 to 2001, when he was elected to the House of Representatives.
During his first term in Congress, Cantor was selected to serve as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. He has also served on the House Financial Services Committee, the House International Relations Committee and the very powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Since his second term, he has served as chief deputy Republican whip, the highest appointed position in the Republican caucus.
Cantor is a supporter of strong US-Israel relations. His cousin, Daniel Cantor Wultz, died as the result of a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv which was carried out by Islamic Jihad on April 17, 2006.
In May of 2008, Cantor criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for stating that President George W. Bush’s policies in the Middle East were doing Israel more harm than good. Cantor stated that Pelosi was “living in another world” if she believed Bush’s policies had harmed Israel and added:
“There is near unanimity in those who are interested in the U.S.- Israel relationship that this has been the best president Israel has had in the White House. I don’t think you hear a foreign policy speech by this White House and this administration that doesn’t mention Iran.”
Rep. Cantor is married to Diana Fine and they have 3 children: Evan, Jenna and Michael.
“Rep. Eric Cantor slams Obama” Video