Brat attended a Rotary Club breakfast Tuesday, but organizers said he was not a speaker. The breakfast was closed to reporters.
Brat spent much of last week at home, avoiding media attention after his victory in Virginia's 7th District primary.
In brief remarks to reporters before the breakfast, Brat said too many Virginians continue to suffer without jobs. He also says the government has failed in attempts to spend Americans' way to prosperity.
Brat is an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College. He is set to face off against Democrat Jack Trammell, who also teaches at Randolph-Macon, in November.