Economics and Ethics, Proven Results

Dave Brat promised that he would take his background in economics and ethics to Washington, D.C. and get to work on the big issues that matter most to you and your family.  He has kept that promise.  Now, at the start of his second term in Congress, Dave has put in bills to make D.C. more accountable, balance the budget, protect small business, and expand healthcare options for workers and families.  He has voted to repeal Obamacare in its entirety, defund the President’s illegal executive amnesty, and reduce the tax and regulatory burden so that our economy can grow again.

As the only Ph.D. economist in Congress, Dave Brat is uniquely qualified to tackle the current budget crisis we face in America.   Serving on the House Budget Committee, and as a member of the House Freedom Caucus, Dave has been leading the charge in Congress for a more fiscally responsible budget process.

When Congress is not in session, you are likely to find Congressman Brat on the road to a community event in the district or at a town hall, giving one of his famous Washington Updates.  He often speaks in public defending the Judeo-Christian tradition, the Constitutional rule of law and free markets as the best way to lift all people up from poverty.  Our founders were wise enough to choose the free market system and the result is what is arguably the greatest nation that has ever existed.

American Underdog

Dave Brat threw his hat in the political ring after seeing the corruption and back door deals that plague our system.  Almost everyone said it was impossible to unseat a sitting House Majority Leader.  It had never been done before.  But, Dave put his faith, as well as his trust, in the American people—and the voters responded by putting their faith and trust in Dave.  Dave’s stunning election victory not only shook Washington to its core, it stopped the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill that was only days from passing the House, and put a halt to amnesty legislation in general.

With help from the voters in the 7th Congressional District, Dave proved that character matters and that standing firmly rooted in your principles does pay off, even when you’re the underdog.

Dave’s Background

Growing up in the rural Midwest, Dave learned the value of faith, family, and a strong work ethic at a young age.  After graduating from Hope College in Michigan, Dave worked at the accounting firm Arthur Andersen and then the World Bank before attending Princeton Theological Seminary, where he obtained a Masters of Divinity degree.   Following that, he earned his Ph.D. in economics from American University, while doing some work in graduate school as an economist for the U.S. Army.

In 1996, Dave and his wife, Laura, moved to Henrico County, VA when Dave began teaching economics at Randolph-Macon College.  Not long after, Dave became Chairman of the Economics and Business Department at the college.

Before joining Congress, Dr. Brat served both Republican and Democratic governors on the Joint Advisory Board of Economists, providing critical economic forecasts to help manage the Commonwealth.  His peers elected him as president of the Virginia Association of Economists.  Dave also served on the Virginia Board of Accountancy, the Richmond Metropolitan Authority, The Great Aspirations Scholarship Program, and the investment board overseeing retirement assets for the Virginia Association of Counties.

Dave’s Family

Dave and Laura have two children, Jonathan and Sophia.  Sophia attends public high school in Henrico County. Jonathan attends the University of Virginia. The Brats attend St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond.


In these challenging times, you can trust that Dave Brat will fight to keep our nation secure, restore fiscal responsibility, and protect our God-given freedoms that make our country great.  He is fighting for change that will make your life better and create a better future for our children.


“Guardian of Small Business Award” and 100% Scorecard Rating
–National Federation of Independent Business

“Taxpayers’ Friend Award”  National Taxpayers Union

“Friend of the Farm Bureau Award”

“Taxpayer Hero,” Council of Citizens Against Government Waste

Heritage Foundation Scorecard, 98% Rating

Conservative Review Scorecard, 97% Rating

National Right to Life, 100% Rating

Americans for Prosperity, 97% Rating

Club for Growth Scorecard, 98% Rating

Gun Owners of America, “A” Rating

Numbers USA, “A” Rating


The Brat Family — Sophia, Laura, Dave and Jonathan