Virginia Intermont College (VI) alumnus Bradley Rush ’12 will be in Washington D.C. this week training for his new career in politics under the direction of Virginia Senator Bryce Reeves.
Rush, who graduated in May with a double major in history and political science, will leave his hometown of Bluff City, Tenn. and set anchor in Fredericksburg, Va. later this month. He will be the manager of the new “victory office” as part of the Republican Party’s Virginia Victory Program. He will oversee the daily communications and operations of his campaign team as they reach out to American voters.
“I am excited and honored to be given an opportunity like this right after college,” said Rush. “I look forward to the experience and hope it leads to larger campaign opportunities in the future.”
The Virginia Victory Program is part of the Republican National Committee’s and state GOP committees’ dual efforts to promote the election of a Republican president in November. Multiple campaign offices are being opened this summer in various states that include Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico and Wisconsin to name a few.
Rush came to VI interested in studying history and playing baseball, but an unfortunate ACL tear landed him on the disabled list his senior year. Although devastating, the injury ultimately paved the way to his starting a career in politics.
“I finished my history degree in four years, but after I tore my ACL and missed my senior season, I decided to become a fifth-year student,” said Rush. “I ended up playing out my last year of eligibility and getting a second degree in political science.”
If juggling classes and baseball wasn’t enough, Rush traveled to and from Nashville during the spring semester to pursue an internship with the Tennessee Lieutenant Governor, Ron Ramsay.
“There aren’t many college athletes who can juggle classes, baseball and an internship as well as Brad did,” said Head Baseball Coach Jeremy Christian. “We are all excited to see where this job will lead him down the road and know that wherever it may be, Brad will be successful.”
VI Professor of Political Science Dr. Anne Shumaker stated that Rush entered the political science program late, but he quickly became one of her most active and interested students.
“His love of politics combined with his innate people skills will serve him well in this position,” said Shumaker. “The fact that he was able to obtain this type of position so quickly says a great deal about his potential.”