About Dave

Dave Brat presents a major problem for liberals who try to continue increased government spending by discrediting conservatives and claiming the budget is “too complicated” for conservatives to understand.

For years in Virginia, everyone from the media to governors have come to Dave Brat for insights on the budget. Dave combines an expertise in economics, the principles of our constitutional founding, and the practice of real-world ethics to show lawmakers how governments’ decisions affect citizens. That experience gives Dave the ability to make the case for new budgets that are based on the fact that a free and robust economy is necessary for free people to have good jobs, raise stable families, and thrive.

With Dave Brat representing us in Congress, hard-working Virginians will have a champion fighting for them every day.

A product of the rural Midwest, he learned the value of faith, family, and a strong work ethic at a young age. Dave was determined to get an education that would empower him to help others reach their economic potential.

Dave’s journey led him to Princeton Theological Seminary where he obtained a Masters in Divinity and then to American University where he earned a Ph.D. in Economics. That education has led him to a career serving the people of the Commonwealth.

In 1996, Dave and his wife Laura moved to Henrico and he began teaching economics and ethics at Randolph-Macon College. He has chaired the Economics and Business Department for the past 6 years.

Dave has been honored to serve the Commonwealth in numerous capacities, serving two governors on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists and serving on the Richmond Metropolitan Authority, the Great Aspirations Scholarship Program, and on the VACO OPEB Investment Board.

His economic expertise has also been recognized by his peers who elected him as president of the Virginia Association of Economists, and the governor also appointed him to the Virginia Board of Accountancy.

Dave is also regularly called upon various media outlets to offer insights into current economic issues and public policy issues of the day. As an active member in the Henrico Republican Party, he has been a consistent conservative voice in his community.

Dave has spoken on ethics and economics and worked with a diverse range of groups including most of the regional Rotary Clubs, many churches, businesses, academic institutions and political groups; the Asian Chamber, the Richmond Federal Reserve, and a host of business associations.

A man of deep faith, Dave attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church with his wife Laura and their two children, Jonathan, 15, and Sophia, 11.

Dave is running because the political and economic systems are broken. We live in an era of inter-generational theft; we are racking up bills only to hand them off to our children. Dave Brat is committed to getting our fiscal house in order.

Our Founders knew that good government required wise leaders with good character. Dave promises to make the hard decisions because it’s the right thing to do – regardless of political expediency.

A proven leader, Dave Brat brings the right experience, the right convictions, and the right background to provide Virginia with the leadership it deserves. He is the voice we can trust, and the leader we need.

We do have a say in our political system. We do have the power to work together to change course. Dave Brat is that change.