David Brat

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David Brat
Dave Brat official congressional photo.jpg
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
Cost per vote$9.52 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,469,112
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHope College
Master'sPrinceton Theological Seminary
Ph.D.American University
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. On November 12, 2014, Brat assumed office to fill the two-month vacancy left by the resignation of Rep. Eric Cantor.[1][2][3]

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

Biography

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.[5]

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

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Brat'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 (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."[9] Brat voted for Rep. Jeff Duncan (R) from South Carolina.[10]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Dave Brat's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
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.[11]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[12]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
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.[11] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

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

Regular election

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."[13]

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


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

Special election

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

Brat also ran in Virginia's 7th Congressional District special election, which filled the two-month vacancy left by the resignation of Cantor.[1][2] 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.[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

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.[14]

David Brat's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Virginia District 7) Won $1,469,112
Grand Total Raised $1,469,112

2014

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.[15] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[16]

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 $1,469,112
Total Spent $1,408,692
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
Altria Group$13,850
Freedom Project$10,000
Majority Cmte PAC$10,000
Davenport & Co$8,700
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$193,907
Republican/Conservative$92,667
Leadership PACs$63,600
Real Estate$37,950
Securities & Investment$23,430

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.[17]

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See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Facebook, "David Brat for Congress," August 13, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Cantor to resign from Congress Aug. 18," accessed August 1, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Roanoke.com, "Dave Brat defeats Jack Trammell to win 7th District seat," accessed November 10, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Associated Press, "Virginia - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 National Review, "Eric Cantor’s Challenger from the Right," accessed January 7, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Hill, "Eric Cantor gets a Tea Party challenger," accessed January 7, 2014
  7. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "David Brat," accessed January 28, 2015
  8. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015
  9. Richmond.com, "Brat says he won't support Boehner for speaker," accessed January 9, 2014
  10. Washington Post, "Here are the Republicans who voted against John Boehner for speaker," accessed January 9, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 On The Issues, "Dave Brat Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
  12. 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.
  13. La Times, "Washington reels as House's Eric Cantor loses to tea party challenger," accessed June 10, 2014
  14. Open Secrets, "Rep. Dave Brat," accessed April 20, 2015
  15. Open Secrets, "David Brat 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 10, 2015
  16. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 10, 2015
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Brat 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 29, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Cantor
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, District 7
2014-Present
Succeeded by
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