Congressman Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House, lost his seat in Congress Tuesday evening to economics professor and Tea Party member, Dave Brat.
Cantor announced Wednesday he will step down as House majority leader effective July 31.
Brat took on Cantor in the Richmond-area’s 7th District, claiming Cantor had abandoned his conservative principals on issues such as immigration.
Brat argued the majority leader’s support for some type of legal status for children of undocumented immigrants was “amnesty.”
Cantor expressed his disappointment during his concession speech Tuesday night.
“I believe there is opportunity around the next corner for all of us, so I look forward to continuing to fight with all of you for the things that we believe in, for the conservative cause, because those solutions of ours are the answer to the problems that so many people are facing today,” Cantor said.
Brat now faces Democratic challenger, Jack Trammel. Both men are professors at the same college.