Brat rode a wave of tea party support in June to upset Cantor, who was the second-ranking member of the House.
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Dave Brat, who upset House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia GOP primary this year, was sworn in Wednesday evening to finish out the remainder of Cantor’s term.

“Throughout my campaign, as President Reagan said, I tried to appeal to people’s best hopes, and not their worst fears,” Brat said in a brief speech to the House after his swearing in. He said he focused on solutions, especially on economic issues, and that’s how he’ll approach his responsibilities as lawmaker.