David Brat

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David Brat
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Virginia, District 7
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHope College
Campaign website
David Brat is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of Virginia. He defeated Eric Cantor in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[1] Stuart Rothenberg, who publishes the Rothenberg Political Report, commented on Brat's victory, saying, "This is the political version of the San Francisco earthquake. It came out of nowhere."[2]


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.[3]

Brat is an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College.[4]


Campaign themes


Brat commented on why he is running for Eric Cantor's 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."[3]



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

Brat is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 7th District. Brat defeated incumbent Eric Cantor, the second-highest ranking Republican in the House, in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[1]The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[4]

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 Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brat's reports.[5]

David Brat (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[6]April 15, 2014$0.00$89,610.53$(47,192.85)$42,417.68
Running totals

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