Thursday, Mar. 29, 2012

Eric Cantor

Age: 48
Occupation: House majority leader

Known as a canny and sharp-elbowed power broker, the No. 2 House Republican helped pull the conference to the right in the contentious debt-limit debate, and has emerged as a favorite of the Tea Party movement and business lobbies alike. Cantor, a Virginian and the House's lone Jewish Republican, is viewed as a future contender for the speakership, a role he is said to covet.