Dave Brat's file


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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Recent stories featuring Dave Brat

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.

A look back at fact-checks from Eric Cantor's primary loss

The Republican primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on Tuesday stunned the political world. Here are a few of the fact checks our colleagues at PolitiFact Virginia did from his race.

PolitiFact had a ringside seat for Dave Brat's upset of Eric Cantor

So thorough was Brat's victory that he won 53 percent of the vote in Henrico County -- Cantor's home and an area he has reresented either in the state legislature or Congress since 1992. 

PolitiFact Virginia looked at a number claims made during the Brat-Cantor primary. Here's what we found: