So sure of his simplistic doctrine that heâs willing to throw the entire country into a depression over the notion that growth and jobs cannot take place accompanied by rising tax rates (even minimally). Nowhere in the bio of Eric Cantor do I see that he received an Economics degree: Eric Cantor was born in Richmond, Virginia. His father owned a real estate firm and was the state treasurer for Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign. Cantor graduated from the Collegiate School in 1981. He enrolled at George Washington University (GW) in 1981, and as a freshman he worked as an intern for House Republican Tom Bliley of Virginia and was Bliley's driver in the 1982 campaign. Cantor was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity while at GW and received his Bachelor of Arts in 1985 He earned a Juris Doctor degree from William & Mary Law School in 1988, and received a Master of Science degree from Columbia University in 1989. Cantor worked for over a decade with his family's business doing legal work and real estate development.