|U.S. House, Virginia, District 7|
|November 12, 2014-present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Eric Cantor (R)|
|Base salary||$174,000/ year|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$9.52 in 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Master's||Princeton Theological Seminary|
|Date of birth||July 1964|
|Place of birth||Detroit, Michigan|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Brat earned his bachelor's degree in business from Hope College. He also attended Princeton Seminary. He worked as a volunteer in Walter Stosch's office from 2005 to 2012. He has served on the Governor’s Board of Economists since he was appointed in 2006.
Brat is an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Brat's academic, professional and political career:
- 2014-Present: U.S. Representative from Virginia's 7th Congressional District
- 1996: Professor, Randolph-Macon College
- 1995: Graduated from American University with a Ph.D.
- 1990: Graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a M.Div.
- 1986: Graduated from Hope College with a B.A.
Brat serves on the following committees:
- Budget Committee
- Education and the Workforce Committee
- Small Business Committee
Speaker of the House
On January 5, 2015, Brat announced that he would not vote for John Boehner (R-Ohio) to continue as Speaker of the House. He said, “While I like Speaker Boehner personally, he will not have my support for speaker." Brat voted for Rep. Jeff Duncan (R) from South Carolina.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Brat is a Moderate Conservative. Brat received a score of 27 percent on social issues and 73 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Unknown||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Unknown|
|Vouchers for school choice||Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Strongly Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Unknown|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Unknown||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Unknown|
|Support & expand free trade||Unknown||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Strongly Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Strongly Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
Brat commented on why he ran for Eric Cantor's former seat in 2014. Brat said, "I want to be Eric Cantor’s term limit." He also discussed Cantor's leadership style, saying, "He had two CRs at the end, one in favor of the shutdown and one opposed to the shutdown at the same time. And that’s fairly symbolic of unprincipled leadership. I mean, that’s not a leadership position, where you’re on Side A and Side B at the same time and you’ve got your finger up in the air, checking which way the wind is blowing."
Brat won election to the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 7th District on November 4, 2014. He defeated incumbent Eric Cantor, who was the second-highest ranking Republican in the House at the time, in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014. Stuart Rothenberg, who publishes the Rothenberg Political Report, commented on Brat's primary victory, saying, "This is the political version of the San Francisco earthquake. It came out of nowhere."
|U.S. House, Virginia District 7 General Election, 2014|
|Source: Virginia Department of Elections|
|U.S. House, Virginia District 7 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Eric Cantor Incumbent||44.5%||28,898|
|Source: Results via Associated Press|
Brat also ran in Virginia's 7th Congressional District special election, which filled the two-month vacancy left by the resignation of Cantor. Brat won the special election, which took place on November 4, the same day as the regular election. He joined Congress on November 12, 2014.
|U.S. House, Virginia District 7 Special Election, 2014|
|Source: Virginia Department of Elections|
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for David Brat is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, David Brat raised a total of $1,469,112 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 20, 2015.
|David Brat's Campaign Contribution History|
|2014||U.S. House (Virginia District 7)||$1,469,112|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,469,112|
Brat won election to his first full term to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Brat's campaign committee raised a total of $1,469,112 and spent $1,408,692. This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.
Cost per vote
Brat spent $9.52 per general election vote received in 2014.
|U.S. House, Virginia District 7, 2014 - David Brat Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$534,309|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$534,105|
|Top contributors to David Brat's campaign committee|
|Senate Conservatives Fund||$20,792|
|Majority Cmte PAC||$10,000|
|Davenport & Co||$8,700|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$23,430|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
|David Brat (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$0.00||$89,610.53||$(47,192.85)||$42,417.68|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$86,179.32||$401,705.05||$(269,011.32)||$218,873.05|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$218,873.05||$551,879.57||$(342,383.10)||$428,369.52|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "David + Brat + Virginia + Congress"
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- Facebook, "David Brat for Congress," August 13, 2014
- Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Cantor to resign from Congress Aug. 18," accessed August 1, 2014
- Roanoke.com, "Dave Brat defeats Jack Trammell to win 7th District seat," accessed November 10, 2014
- Associated Press, "Virginia - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2014
- National Review, "Eric Cantor’s Challenger from the Right," accessed January 7, 2014
- The Hill, "Eric Cantor gets a Tea Party challenger," accessed January 7, 2014
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "David Brat," accessed January 28, 2015
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
- Richmond.com, "Brat says he won't support Boehner for speaker," accessed January 9, 2014
- Washington Post, "Here are the Republicans who voted against John Boehner for speaker," accessed January 9, 2014
- On The Issues, "Dave Brat Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
- La Times, "Washington reels as House's Eric Cantor loses to tea party challenger," accessed June 10, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Rep. Dave Brat," accessed April 20, 2015
- Open Secrets, "David Brat 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 10, 2015
- Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 10, 2015
- Federal Election Commission, "Brat 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 29, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
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