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David Brat

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David Brat
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U.S. House, Virginia, District 7
Incumbent
In office
November 12, 2014-present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorEric Cantor (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/ year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHope College
Personal
Date of birthJuly 1964
Place of birthDetroit, Michigan
ProfessionProfessor
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
David Brat (b. July 1964, in Detroit, Mich.) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 7th Congressional District. On November 4, 2014, Brat won Virginia's 7th Congressional District special election. Brat assumed office to fill the two-month vacancy left by the resignation of Cantor on November 12, 2014.[1][2][3]

Brat also won the regular election to represent the 7th Congressional District of Virginia on November 4, 2014. He defeated former Rep. Eric Cantor in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[4]

Biography

Brat earned his bachelor's 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.[5]

Brat is an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College.[6]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Stewart's academic, professional and political career:[7]:

  • 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.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Brat serves on the following committees:[8]

Key votes

114th Congress

Speaker of the House

On January 5, 2015, Brat announced that he would not vote for John Boehner to continue as Speaker of the House. He said, “While I like Speaker Boehner personally, he will not have my support for speaker."[9] Brat voted for Rep. Jeff Duncan from South Carolina.[10]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

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."[5]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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.[4][6] 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."[11]

Election results

General election
U.S. House, Virginia District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Brat 60.8% 148,026
     Democratic Jack Trammell 36.9% 89,914
     Libertarian James Carr 2.1% 5,086
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 325
Total Votes 243,351
Source: Virginia Department of Elections
Republican primary
U.S. House, Virginia District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Brat 55.5% 36,110
Eric Cantor Incumbent 44.5% 28,898
Total Votes 65,008
Source: Results via Associated Press


See also: Virginia's 7th Congressional District special election, 2014

Brat also ran in Virginia's 7th Congressional District special election, which will fill the two-month vacancy left by the resignation of Cantor.[1][2] Brat also won the special election. He will join Congress on November 12, 2014.[3]

Election results

U.S. House, Virginia District 7 Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Brat 61.7% 148,841
     Democratic Jack Trammell 37.8% 91,236
     N/A Write-in 0.5% 1,236
Total Votes 241,313
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brat's reports.[12]

David Brat (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$0.00$89,610.53$(47,192.85)$42,417.68
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2014$86,179.32$401,705.05$(269,011.32)$218,873.05
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2014$218,873.05$551,879.57$(342,383.10)$428,369.52
Running totals
$1,043,195.15$(658,587.27)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Cantor
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, District 7
2014-Present
Succeeded by
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