It's official, Congressman Dave Brat was sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives tonight and spoke on Capitol Hill after being introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R, VA-06) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D, VA-03):
Speaker John Boehner, Dr. Dave Brat, and wife Laura Brat at the ceremonial swearing in at the Speaker's Ceremonial Office immediately prior to the official swearing in on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Mr. Speaker, thank you.
Thank you to my new colleagues. And thank you to the people of Virginia's Seventh District who have entrusted me with the honor of serving as their representative.
We are proud that the Seventh District is the home of the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, and the Voice of the Revolution, Patrick Henry.
It’s been a long road, and very few gave me a chance when this journey began. I want to thank my wife Laura and my children, Jonathan and Sophia, for believing in me, and I want to thank God, as this wouldn’t be possible without His help.
Throughout my campaign, as President Reagan said, I’ve tried to appeal to people’s best hopes, not their worst fears. I’ve strived to raise the dialogue and focus on solutions, especially on the economic issues facing our country.
That’s how I’ll approach the weighty responsibility with which I’ve been entrusted.
Thank you all. God bless you. And may God continue to bless this great nation.
Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.