Cantor elected Republican whip


The only Jewish Republican in the House has been elected to the second highest position in his party’s leadership.

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) won unanimous election as House Minority Whip on Wednesday after serving as chief deputy whip in the House for the past six years. He replaces Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who stepped down from the post earlier this month.

Cantor, who represents a Virginia district that includes parts of Richmond and its suburbs as well as rural areas in the north, has been considered a rising star in the GOP since his election to the House in 2000. In recent days, the 45-year-old has called the GOP no longer "relevant" and criticized his party for offering principles instead of "real solutions" to problems.

For more on Cantor, read our story from earlier this month.

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