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Rep. Eric Cantor

Former Representative for Virginia’s 7th District

Cantor was the representative for Virginia’s 7th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2001 to 2014.

Photo of Rep. Eric Cantor [R-VA7, 2001-2014]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2013 Report Card for Cantor.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Enacted Legislation

Cantor was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Cantor sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (23%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (23%) International Affairs (23%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Taxation (15%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Cantor recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Cantor voted Aye

Cantor voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Cantor voted Yea

Cantor voted Yea

Cantor voted Nay

Cantor voted Nay

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: