Tim Kaine

Tim Kaine


Current Position: US Senator since 2013
Former: Governor from 2006 - 2010
Former: Lt. Governor from 2002 - 2006
Former: Mayor from 1998 - 2001
Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement:
"Tim has made boosting job opportunities for everyone a top priority. Tim is focused on crafting smart defense strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary war. Tim believes that health care is a right ... and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care."


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Source: Government page

Tim Kaine has helped people throughout his life as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher and elected official. He is one of 30 people in American history to have served as a Mayor, Governor and United States Senator.

Early Commitment to Public Service

Tim grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. His parents taught him the value of hard work and showed him how small businesses and technical skills strengthen this country every day. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Tim started his public service career by running a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. He trained teenagers to become carpenters and welders, equipping them with skills to lift up themselves and their communities. As Tim says, his work in Honduras was “a North Star” that led to his commitment to advance job opportunities for everyone. His time there reinforced three core values that are still a central part of his life today: “Fè, familia, y trabajo” – “Faith, family, and work.”

Family Life

Tim met Virginian Anne Holton at Harvard Law School and they married in 1984 in the same church in Richmond they attend to this day. They have three adult children. Anne, a former legal aid lawyer and juvenile court judge, served as Virginia Secretary of Education from 2014 until 2016. Before that, Anne ran Great Expectations, a program that offers tutoring, career coaching, and other services to help young adults aging out of foster care and attending Virginia community colleges transition to successful, independent adulthood. She now teaches education policy and government at George Mason University – Tim calls her the best public servant he knows. Anne’s father Linwood Holton, a former Republican Governor of Virginia, was critical to integrating Virginia’s public schools, putting the Commonwealth on the path to progress we see today.

Early Career

After law school, Tim practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, specializing in the representation of people who had been denied housing due to their race, disability, or family status. In 1998, Tim helped win one of the largest civil rights jury verdicts ever in a case involving discrimination against minority neighborhoods by an insurance company. He also began teaching law part-time at the University of Richmond in 1987.

Elected Office

Tim was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city council member and four years later, Mayor of Richmond. When he was first elected to City Council in Richmond, the city had one of the highest homicide rates in America, and he worked with law enforcement and the community to find solutions that brought down the rate of violent crime. He became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006. While serving as Governor, Tim improved the education and health care systems, and by the end of his term, leading publications ranked Virginia the best state to raise a child and the best state for business. He visited a school in every county and city in the Commonwealth and helped Virginia make it through the worst recession since the Great Depression. He also responded to the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech by strengthening Virginia’s background check system and pushing his legislature to do more to make communities safer.

In the Senate

Tim was elected to the Senate in 2012 as a can-do optimist skilled in bringing people together across old lines of party, race, or region. Tim has spent his time in the Senate focused on improving the lives of Virginians. He has made boosting job opportunities for everyone a top priority. As co-chair of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, Tim focuses on expanding access to job-training programs to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the modern economy. Tim has helped lead efforts in the Senate to reduce unemployment for military families and veterans. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, a Senator from one of the states most closely connected to the military, and the father of a Marine, Tim is focused on crafting smart defense strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary war. He works to ensure that the military has the resources it needs to keep the country safe and that servicemembers and veterans receive the benefits and care they have earned. He has also been the leading voice against Presidents starting wars without a vote by Congress. Tim believes that health care is a right, not something reserved just for those who can afford it, and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care. This includes legislation to give Americans more options for affordable health insurance and to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. Tim serves on Senate Committees where he is able to work on those priorities every day for Virginians: the Armed Services; Budget; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees. He is Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism.

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Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Law school teacher
    University of Richmond


  • JD
    Harvard Law School




Washington, D.C. Office
231 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4024
Fax: (202) 228-6363

Manassas, Virginia office
9408 Grant Avenue, Suite 202
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: (703) 361-3192
Fax: (703) 361-3198 G

Virginia Beach, Virginia office
222 Central Park Avenue Suite 120
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 518-1674
Fax: (757) 518-1679


Campaign Site, Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook


Recent Elections

2018 US Senator

Tim Kaine (D)1,910,37057.0%
Corey Stewart (R)1,374,31341.0%
Matt J. Waters (L)61,5651.8%
Write In (Write-in)5,1250.2%

2012 US Senator

Tim Kaine (D)2,010,06752.8%
George Allen (R)1,785,54246.9%
Write In (Write-in)9,4100.2%

2005 Governor

Tim Kaine (D)1,025,94251.7%
J. W. Kilgore (R)912,32746.0%
H. R. Potts, Jr ()43,9532.2%
Wirte In (Write-in)1,556.1%

2001 Lt. Governor

Tim Kaine (D)925,97450.3%
J. K. Katzen (R)883,88648.1%
G. A. Reams (L)28,7831.6%
Write In (Write-in)490

Source: Campaign


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Armed Services
Budget Committee
Foreign Relations
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Voting Record

See: Ballotpedia

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System


For more detailed information on issues including recent news, see Kaine’s government website.


News Posts




YouTube Channel

Other Videos

Senator Kaine on Face the Nation on One-Year Anniversary of Deadly Attack in Charlottesville
Published on August 12, 2018

On CBS’s Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine highlighted how Americans have stood up to reject hate in the year since the violent white supremacist and neo-Nazi marches in Charlottesville. Kaine spoke about the need for all leaders to redouble their commitment to equality, criticizing President Trump’s repeated actions that have stoked hatred and exacerbated divisions in America.

Tim Kaine Interview
Published on August 26, 2018

Transcript below of short interview with Tim Kaine at the Acres of Democrats event on August 26, 2018 at the Wyethville Community Center. Questions by Maria Liberi and Jane Curran, student interns at Virginia Tech.

Maria: “So, we have two questions for you, so 1. If re-elected in November what is your number 1 priority?”

Kaine: “You know something I tell you that I really believe in, is trying to make further advancements on health care. We’ve expanded the number of Americans and Virginians with health care. With Medicaid expansion, 400,000 more in Virginia but while we’ve done that, kids can stay on family policies until 26 and can’t be discriminated against for a pre-existing health condition, women can’t be charged different premiums than men, still we need other strategies to bring down costs, prescription drugs and coverage and get people better choices and options. I have a, you know what I call a Medicare Acts, which is exactly that, and I think it’ll help with health care issues, whether it’s; addiction, more research, but it’s making sure more people have affordable access to health care. That is my top priority”

Jane: “So as you know we go to Virginia Tech, so education is important to us, do you have any plans on improving education in Virginia, specifically in District 9?”

Kaine: “Well I would say, I’m on the health and education committee in the Senate. So, we’ve talked about health, on education, the area that I worked the most in was career and technical education. I want to make sure that beginning in middle school, all students have not just exposure to the academic subjects but to skills and training as well because I think people will make better choices in high school about what they want to do in their life, if they have some exposure to the real world of work, so I want to expand career and technical education. I want to work on the affordability of college know it’s interesting in this country, if you’re a student, say you graduated with debt, you can use the bankruptcy laws in this country to renegotiate debts on yacht, on a casino, on an office building- but they won’t let you do the same thing with student loans. I think student loans should also be subject to renegotiation to make terms better for students who are carrying debt. So, certainly expanding career and technical education but also college affordability on people being able to renegotiate debt.”

Below is an aircast of their interview. This was our first and very experimental Aircast. We were unable to mic Tim Kaine so audio quality does not meet our current standards.


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