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 TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE while serving in the House, and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. has been a staunch supporter of Trump as well.
Trump endorsed Brat in his midterm race last year, but the GOP lawmaker narrowly lost his campaign against Democrat Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerHouse passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure McAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Jill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia 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 CantorBottom line Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' 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.