Ousted GOP lawmaker David Brat named dean at Liberty University business school

Outgoing Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), who lost his reelection bid in November, took over Tuesday as the dean of Liberty University's School of Business, the school announced.

“Dave’s experience in the private business sector, in higher education, and most recently as a U.S. Congressman, offer a unique blend of applied experience that brings additional value and depth to our business faculty," Liberty interim Provost Scott Hicks said in a statement.

Brat was a close ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE while serving in the House, and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. has been a staunch supporter of Trump as well.

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Trump endorsed Brat in his midterm race last year, but the GOP lawmaker narrowly lost his campaign against Democrat Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerFairfax removed from leadership post in lieutenant governors group Virginia Legislative Black Caucus calls on Fairfax to step down Duke University board asks Fairfax to step down after rape allegation MORE in Virginia's 7th Congressional District.

The district contains some Richmond suburbs and parts of rural central Virginia.

Brat joined the House after the 2014 election after securing a stunning upset victory over then-Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorPelosi warns GOP: Next president could declare national emergency on guns Ousted GOP lawmaker David Brat named dean at Liberty University business school Trump, GOP seek to shift blame for shutdown to Pelosi MORE (Va.) in the GOP primary.

Prior to his time in Congress, Brat taught and chaired the economics and business department at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.