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 TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' 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 SpanbergerOvernight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale Katherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent 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 CantorGOP faces tough battle to become 'party of health care' 737 crisis tests Boeing's clout in Washington House Republicans find silver lining in minority 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.