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Brat

Republican from Virginia

Dave Brat represents Virginia's 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected to the seat in 2014 after pulling of a stunning upset of Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican Primary. He is active in the Freedom Caucus, a conservative wing of Republican congressmen. Prior to Congress, Brat was chairman of the business and economics department at Randolph-Macon College.  Brat, a midwestern native, has obtained a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in economics from American University. He began teaching at Randolph-Macon in 1996. Brat served two Governors on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists. He was president of the Virginia Association of Economists.

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In context: Dave Brat's comments to jailed addicts

"You think you’re having a hard time, I’ve got $5 million worth of negative ads going at me," Brat told the incarcerated addicts. "How do you think I’m feeling?"

 

Ad Watch: Democratic PAC distorts Brat's record on seniors' health

The ad accuses Rep. Dave Brat of selling out seniors for corporate campaign donations. But the evidence put forth by the House Majority PAC is contrived.

Fact-checking the Oct. 11 Sunday shows

A testy exchange between a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus and a moderate Republican demonstrates the fractures in the GOP, which has yet to agree on a new House speaker. And Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz claims that under George W. Bush, "we were losing 750,000 jobs."

Fact-checking the Sunday shows

The talk Sunday was about the race for speaker. We have you covered.

PunditFact confirms steakhouse claim about Eric Cantor's campaign

PunditFact couldn’t resist a juicy claim about Eric Cantor’s steakhouse spending. We can’t either.