NAACP Statement on Eric Cantor’s Decision to Step Down as House Majority Leader

(Washington, D.C.) -- The NAACP released the following statement on Eric Cantor’s decision to step down as House Majority Leader.

From Hilary O. Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy:

"With the outcome of Tuesday’s Republican primary in Virginia, where House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s chances of reclaiming his 7th district congressional seat were defeated, we see that key leadership changes are already underway.

During Mr. Cantor’s tenure, the House of Representatives faced many important and often times contentious battles.

Through it all, we thank the House Majority leader for opening his doors to the NAACP and others to discuss the important civil rights issues of the day and advancing crucial issues to our democracy such as voting rights.

The NAACP recognizes that the agenda of our Association cannot move forward without bipartisan support. As such, we urge the U.S. House of Representatives, as it goes through its selection process, to choose someone who is committed to the democratic values of inclusion. We look forward to working with the future leadership of the House to improve the lives and conditions of all Americans across our great nation.”



Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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