Dave Brat: 11 Things to Know
Posted at 11 p.m. on June 10, 2014
Dave Brat, a Randolph-Macon College professor, clobbered House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in Tuesday night’ s primary.
Here are a few fun facts about the largely unknown Republican who took out the majority leader:
1. Brat is the chairman of the Department of Economics and Business at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. He has been a professor there since 1996, teaching courses including Macroeconomics, Economic Development and Economic Justice.
2. Brat has a Ph.D. in economics from American University, which he earned in 1995. He also has a master’s in Divinity from the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hope College in Holland, Mich., according to his CV.
3. He wants term limits for all members of congress, he told Glenn Beck.
4. Brat is a talented competitor in “pickleball,” a sport that Mike Carter, a former colleague at Randolph-Macon College, described to Richmond Magazine as “a racquetball sport that combines the elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis, and is played on an area that’s the size of a badminton court.”
5. Many of Brat’s academic publications focus on the intersection of religion and economics. For example, in 2011, he published, “God and Advanced Mammon – Can Theological Types Handle Usury and Capitalism?” according to his official CV. He runs a program called “The Moral Foundation of Capitalism” at Randolph-Macon College.
6. Brat wants a balanced budget amendment and either a flat or fair tax, he wrote in an op-ed Sunday.
7. When Brat met his wife, Laura, she was dog-sitting for the under secretary of Treasury for George H.W. Bush in exchange for room and board, and working at an interior design firm, she told Richmond Magazine.
8. He lives in Henrico, Virginia, with his wife and his two children, Jonathan and Sophia.
9. Brat previously ran for office in 2011, when he forged a bid for the Republican nomination for the 56th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. He was one of six candidates in the running. A four-person Republican Committee charged with picking the nominee passed him over in favor of Peter Farrell, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported at the time.
10. He coached the Randolph-Macon College Debate team to win the 11th Annual intercollegiate Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation Ethics Bowl.
11. He co-wrote a paper called “An Analysis of the Moral Foundations in Ayn Rand,” also according to his CV.
Colin Diersing contributed to this report.