House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will step down from his leadership post at the end of July, according to a senior House staffer who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to preempt Cantor’s announcement.
Cantor’s decision follows his historic defeat Tuesday in his Virginia Republican primary against a little-known opponent, Tea Party-inspired economics professor David Brat.
Cantor is the second highest-ranking member of GOP leadership and was on track to become the next U.S. House speaker. He is the only majority leader in congressional history to lose in a primary fight. His defeat scrambles the leadership lineup and the House’s agenda ahead of the 2014 elections.