At 39, Eric Cantor is the youngest member of the House Republican leadership, making him a bonafide “young gun.” The House representative for Virginia’s 7th district since 2001, Cantor will soon assume the Majority Leader position.
As Ari Berman writes in the latest issue of The Nation, Cantor rose through the GOP ranks “through a mix of fundraising prowess, media savvy and party devotion.” According to Berman, Cantor’s on a fast track to becoming Speaker.
At the top of Cantor’s small government agenda is the repeal of “Obamacare,” along with other public services. He has asked the public to vote on which government programs they’d like to cut, and has pledged to “put Uncle Sam on a diet.”
Unlike other young guns on this list, Cantor became popular without the support of the Tea Party. In fact, Cantor has spoken out against the creation of a Tea Party caucus in the House and supported Texas Representative Jeb Hensarling over Tea Party favorite Michelle Bachmann for chair of the House Republican Congress.
But Berman predicts that Cantor will “avoid making too many waves” in the House, and will instead continue to build up his reputation by opposing the Democrats’ efforts to provide basic services to American citizens.
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