Congressman David Alan Brat

Congressman David Alan Brat – The First U.S. Congressman To Defeat A House Majority Leader In A Primary Race

In 2013, I got to meet David Alan Brat while he was an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College. At that time he was considering making a run against the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, whom was the Virginia 7th Congressional District Congressman. David Brat officially announced his candidacy at the same location where Patrick Henry gave the famous speech, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”.

I had met military veteran Peter Greenwald, whom was also running for the same seat. Greenwald eventually dropped out of the primary race and Eric Cantor outspent his primary opponent David Alan Brat by a margin of 40 times.

In spite of the odds, David Alan Brat won the race against the incumbent Eric Cantor in a historic Virginia primary race that made Brat the first ever Congress-member to defeat a house majority leader since the position was created in 1899.

Ashland, Virginia, Congressman David Alan Brat, Randolph–Macon College

Randolph–Macon College – The Oldest Methodist College In America

In 1830, when the Randolph-Macon College was founded by a Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church in Boydton, Virginia, it was named after two non-Methodists John Randolph, a Virginia statesman, and Nathaniel Macon, a North Carolina Statesman. The conference wanted to show that the college was not to be intended for only those following the Methodist faith by naming it after two non-Methodists.

During the U.S. Civil War many buildings within the town of Ashland, Virginia were damaged or destroyed. After the war in 1868, Randolph-Macon moved their main campus to Ashland and used an old hotel and other buildings for the campus.

A historical marker was placed near the current site of the college in Ashland.

Author’s Note:

David Alan Brat was an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College before he won his historic primary race against the GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor. David Brat was the first non-incumbent, within the same party, to win against a standing House Majority Leader in over 100 years. Brat lost his seat in 2018 and is now the Liberty University Dean for the School of Business.