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Dave Brat

US House of Representatives

David Brat is serving his first term in Congress as the Representative from Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District. Congressman Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Primary Election on June 10, 2014. This marked the first time a House Majority Leader had ever been defeated in a Primary Election. Prior to his time in Congress, Congressman Brat served two Virginia governors on their economic advisory boards, providing them with critical economic forecasts to help manage the Commonwealth. He also served as president of the Virginia Association of Economists.


He has a masters of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in economics from American University. He worked for the World Bank assisting developing world economies and in the private sector for Arthur Andersen before he became a professor of economics and chairman of the economics department at Randolph Macon College.


Congressman Brat is a member of the House Budget Committee, Education and the Workforce Committee, and Small Business Committee.