Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor Says Farewell as House Majority Leader

Gets standing ovation


Majority Leader Eric Cantor gave his farewell address Thursday as the No. 2 most-powerful Republican on the House side of Capitol Hill.

In remarks filled with gratitude and touches of humility, the Republican who was shockingly turned out of office by Virginia voters in a June 10 primary thanked his colleagues and staff. He also sent good wishes to Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, his close friend, who inherits a big to-do list when Congress returns from its August recess.

"This is a privilege of a lifetime," Cantor said, as his speech was interrupted by applause. He was honored with a standing ovation by Republicans and Democrats at the end.