Rep. Eric Cantor (R- House Majority Leader) speaks with Michael Duffy, Executive Editor, TIME, on public policy and its impact on the creative economy.
Representing Virginia's 7th District, Eric Cantor has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001. Eric was elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as the Majority Leader for the 112th and 113th Congresses.
A former small businessman, Representative Cantor has emerged as a leading voice on the economy and job creation. His commentary is often featured in publications focusing on a wide range of issues including economic matters, health care and foreign policy. A proponent of a strong national defense, Representative Cantor formerly chaired the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and remains committed to providing our nation's military and intelligence communities with the resources they need to keep the homeland safe.
In Congress, Representative Cantor has worked to lower taxes, eliminate excessive regulation, strengthen small businesses, and encourage entrepreneurship. He was the chief sponsor of a 2006 bill to make permanent the slashed individual income tax rates for capital gains and dividends, rewarding entrepreneurs, retirees and investors with the ability to create more opportunity for their families and jobs for our communities. He has long been a key player in health care, fighting for greater choice for families. He authored the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which made it easier for families to save for their health care needs through Health Savings Accounts. The legislation became law in late 2006.
As Minority Whip, Representative Cantor assembled a highly effective and energetic Republican whip team that served as the nerve center of the Republican Conference. In early 2009, the whip team coordinated the effort in which no Republicans voted for the nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill.
During the lead-up to the stimulus vote, then-Minority Leader John Boehner tapped Representative Cantor to head up the Republican Economic Solutions Group that produced the Republican alternative economic plan which would have created twice the jobs at half the cost of the stimulus bill signed into law. The group continued to develop and produce responsible solutions to a broad range of challenges, offering a window into GOP leadership in the 112th Congress. In December 2009, the group offered President Obama a no-cost jobs plan.
Representative Cantor also co-authored the New York Times best-selling book, Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders, with Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Paul Ryan.
Representative Cantor is a lifelong resident of the Richmond area, where he got his start in politics as a driver for his predecessor Congressman Tom Bliley. Representative Cantor received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, his law degree from The College of William and Mary, and his master's degree from Columbia University in New York.
Representative Cantor and his wife, Diana, reside in Richmond, Virginia. They have three children: Evan, a recent graduate of The University of Virginia; Jenna, a junior at the University of Michigan; and Michael, in his first year at The University of Virginia.
Michael Duffy is the Washington Bureau Chief and an executive editor of TIME. He directs the coverage of presidents, politics and national affairs for both the magazine and TIME.com.
He joined TIME in 1985 as a Pentagon correspondent and in the 25 years since has covered the Congress, the White House, national politics and national security.
Mr. Duffy, who has written more than 50 TIME cover stories, has won the Gerald R. Ford Award for reporting both on the White House (1994) and defense and national security (2005). With a team from TIME, he has shared in the Joan Shorenstein Barone Prize for Investigative Journalism awarded by the Kennedy School of Government in 1997.
He is the co-author, with TIME’s Nancy Gibbs, of The Presidents’ Club, which was published in April 2012 by Simon & Schuster. The two editors also co-authored The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House (Center Street, 2007).
Mr. Duffy has been a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and has appeared regularly on PBS’s Washington Week in Review for the past 15 years. Prior to joining TIME, he was a staff writer at Defense Week.
Mr. Duffy was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Oberlin College in 1980. He and his wife, Demetra Lambros, have three sons and live in Maryland.