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For years in Virginia -- and long before he entered politics -- the media, elected officials, and community organizations sought out Dr. Dave Brat for his insight on the economy and budgets. That’s because he combined an expertise in economics, the principles of our constitutional founding, and the practice of real-world ethics to show lawmakers and others how governments’ decisions affect average citizens.

Congressman Brat served two Virginia governors on their economic advisory boards, providing them with critical economic forecasts to help manage the Commonwealth. He also served as president of the Virginia Association of Economists.

It’s precisely because he’s an economist that Congressman Brat understands that a free and growing economy is necessary for people to have good jobs, raise stable families, and thrive in this country. His message of economic prosperity has spread not only through the Seventh District of Virginia, it is spreading throughout the nation.

He has a masters of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in economics from American University. He worked for the World Bank assisting developing world economies and in the private sector for Arthur Andersen before he became a professor of economics and chairman of the economics department at Randolph Macon College.

He and his wife, Laura, have two children, Jonathan and Sophia, who attend public school in Henrico County.

Congressman Brat is a member of the House Budget Committee, Education and the Workforce Committee, and Small Business Committee. He is the Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access. 

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