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VaNews for 2016 US Representative - District 7 - Regular General and 2016 US Representative - District 7 - Regular Primary

Brat, former ethics professor, weighs in on ethics debate

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Richmond, said he was glad when Republican leaders earlier this week withdrew changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics that critics said would have significantly stripped the independent entity of its oversight. A former professor of ethics, Brat nonetheless supported at least one aspect the heavily-scrutinized plan proposed by fellow Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte that was pulled after President-Elect Donald Trump posted on Twitter that congress needed to check its priorities.

VaNews January 6, 2017

Republican Dave Brat wins re-election

By RHONDA SIMMONS, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Culpeper helped the 7th District re-elect freshman politician Dave Brat to Congress for his second consecutive term in public office. Brat, a 52-year-old Republican and former Randolph-Macon College economics professor who made history two years ago by beating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, received 14,314, or 64 percent, of local votes versus Democrat Eileen Bedell’s 7,547, or 33.7 percent, in Culpeper, according to Culpeper County Registrar’s preliminary numbers.

VaNews November 9, 2016

Wittman, Brat coast to re-election

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, R–1st District, cruised to a re-election victory Tuesday, capturing a fifth term in Congress as he prepares to run for governor next year. The Fredericksburg area’s other congressman, Rep. Dave Brat, R–7th District, also posted an easy win, picking up a second term over Democrat Eileen Bedell.

VaNews November 9, 2016

Once an underdog, Brat now embraces role as favorite

By JIM MCCONNELL, Chesterfield Observer

When he entered the race for the Republican nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District in 2014, Dave Brat was an obscure economics professor with little money and even less chance of winning. As his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives draws to a close, with his stunning upset of Eric Cantor firmly in his rear-view mirror, Brat finds himself in an unfamiliar role.

VaNews October 20, 2016

Democrat Eileen Bedell sees opportunity in the 7th

By PETER GALUSZKA, Chesterfield Observer

Sipping a pumpkin latte at a coffee shop in Bon Air, Eileen Bedell speaks with passion about her ideas for federal legislation. Drawing her card as a champion of children and families, she says Congress should look into tax credits for expensive day care, make sure that Social Security and Medicare are sustainable and protect women’s workplace rights.

VaNews October 20, 2016

Will Bedell and Brat debate before Nov. 8?

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Presidential debate analysis has certainly dominated the airwaves in recent days as voters received a side-by-side picture of the two major candidates competing to be the next commander in chief. But in Virginia’s 7th District that includes Culpeper and Orange there’s a congressional selection process at stake as well on Nov. 8, yet the two candidates competing for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives have yet to meet face-to-face for a debate, and none are definitively on the horizon.

VaNews October 12, 2016

Rep. Dave Brat faces challenger in tweaked 7th district

By JIM NOLAN , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Virginia’s congressional election in the reliably Republican 7th District features a Democrat lawyer from Bon Air in her first run for office and a Republican former college professor who made history two years ago by marshaling tea party supporters to score a primary upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Republicans have held the 7th District seat for the past 45 years.

VaNews September 19, 2016

Bedell, Democratic nominee in 7th, adds staff, website

Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The Democratic nominee for the 7th District congressional seat recently hired key campaign staff members. Eileen Bedell on Tuesday announced Grant Hallmark as her campaign manager and Culpeper resident Leonore Jordan as her campaign finance director. ... Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th, is seeking his second term representing the district, which includes Culpeper, Orange, Louisa and the western suburbs of Richmond.

VaNews September 7, 2016

Rep. Brat formally nominated to seek second term

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th, was formally nominated Saturday to seek a second term in Congress. Brat, a former professor at Randolph-Macon College, was nominated at the 7th District Republican Convention at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. He was unopposed. ... Democrat Eileen Bedell, a lawyer, has filed to run for the seat, hoping to take on Brat in the fall.

VaNews May 23, 2016

Rep. Brat on track to get GOP nomination in 7th District

By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Culpeper Star Exponent (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Nearing the end of his first term in U.S. Congress, Rep. Dave Brat, R–Richmond, continues to repeat his primary message that the federal debt and deficit are out of control. He vowed to keep up the mantra if reelected in November and recently wrote about the “imminent financial crisis” in the Washington Post as part of his commitment to spreading the word about his central platform.

VaNews May 19, 2016