Former House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) resigned from Congress at the beginning of August, and now -- only a month later -- he already has a new gig. The Wall Street Journal reported overnight that Cantor is joining a Wall Street investment bank. He will make more than double his congressional salary. Cantor isn't alone in having to unexpectedly change career plans thanks to a forced exit from politics. Here's a look at other once familiar faces who've moved on to greener (or at least other) pastures.
Still talking about politics -- but for way more money
The former tea party representative from Florida didn't win re-election in 2012. He took the road most traveled for former politicians known for their controversial opinions -- he still has controversial opinions, but charges far more for the chance to hear him. He is a commentator on Fox News and Twitter.
The one-term tea party House member from Illinois lost in 2012 to Rep. Tammy Duckworth after winning by less than 300 votes in 2010. He now hosts a conservative radio show.
If at first you don't succeed...
The former Massachusetts senator lost to Elizabeth Warren in 2012. He clearly misses D.C., as he's trying to become a senator in New Hampshire now. He will likely win next week's Republican primary, and is running slightly behind Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
She served one term as a New York representative -- the first Democrat to do so in the 26th district for 40 years. After redistricting turned the seat into the 27th District, Republicans took it back. This year, she's running as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pick for lieutenant governor. The New York Times has endorsed her opponent, Columbia law school professor Tim Wu. Although running as a conservative is often necessary in upstate New York (see Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's House career), necessity doesn't always impress the Democratic Party when you try to run for office in the far more liberal state writ large.
The former Pennsylvania House member, a conservative, pro-Union Democrat, lost a bruising and expensive race in 2012. He ran for lieutenant governor this year, but lost in the primary -- despite support from Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer. The thank you note on his campaign Web site ends, "While my future is unknown, I know I will continue to serve the public in some capacity."
The former Florida representative lost his seat in 2012, and lost a Republican primary trying to reclaim it last week. It was a weird campaign. People should have expected as much (or as little) from the guy accused of helping fund a straw candidate in the Democratic primary in 2012.
I'm done with this.
The former Maryland representative (R) lost his 2012 election, and wants everyone to leave him alone. He now lives on top of a mountain in West Virginia, and has no address.
In 2012, incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar, a moderate Republican in Indiana, didn't even make it to November. He lost in the primary to a challenger from the right. Since his loss, Lugar has started a nonprofit "dedicated to proposing solutions to global problems that will define the 21st Century." It is called, inevitably, the Lugar Center.
Ann Marie Buerkle
The former Republican legislator -- who served one term in upstate New York -- was nominated to the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2013; she was chosen by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. She's now a commissioner there, and her term is up in October 2018.