Cantor was the representative for Virginia’s 7th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2001 to 2014.
He was also House Majority Leader, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
Read our 2013 Report Card for Cantor.
Cantor is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Cantor sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 11, 2014. See full analysis methodology.
Cantor was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 6634 (112th): To change the effective date for the Internet publication of certain financial disclosure forms.
- H.R. 3080 (112th): United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
- H.R. 3078 (112th): United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
- H.R. 3079 (112th): United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act
- H.R. 258 (108th): American 5-Cent Coin Design Continuity Act of 2003
- H.R. 1748 (107th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 805 Glen Burnie Road in Richmond, Virginia, as the “Tom Bliley Post Office Building”.
Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Cantor sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Cantor’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Con.Res. 75 (113th): Providing for a joint session of Congress to receive a message from ...
- H.Res. 141 (113th): Expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives on the death of ...
- H.Res. 5 (113th): Adopting rules for the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress.
- H.Res. 3 (113th): Authorizing the Speaker to appoint a committee to notify the President of ...
- H.Res. 2 (113th): To inform the Senate that a quorum of the House has assembled ...
- H.R. 6684 (112th): Spending Reduction Act of 2012
- H.R. 6634 (112th): To change the effective date for the Internet publication of certain financial ...
From Jan 2001 to Aug 2014, Cantor missed 422 of 9,688 roll call votes, which is 4.4%. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Aug 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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