Current Position: US Senator since 2013
"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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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.”
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.
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.
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.
- Law school teacher
University of Richmond
Harvard Law School
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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
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Virginia Beach, Virginia office
222 Central Park Avenue Suite 120
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 518-1674
Fax: (757) 518-1679
Recent Election Results
2018 US Senator
|Tim Kaine (D)||1,910,370||57.0%|
|Corey Stewart (R)||1,374,313||41.0%|
|Matt J. Waters (L)||61,565||1.8%|
2012 US Senator
|Tim Kaine (D)||2,010,067||52.8%|
|George Allen (R)||1,785,542||46.9%|
|Tim Kaine (D)||1,025,942||51.7%|
|J. W. Kilgore (R)||912,327||46.0%|
|H. R. Potts, Jr ()||43,953||2.2%|
2001 Lt. Governor
|Tim Kaine (D)||925,974||50.3%|
|J. K. Katzen (R)||883,886||48.1%|
|G. A. Reams (L)||28,783||1.6%|
Source: Follow the Money
Committees & Appointments
Source: Virginia Legislative Information System
Source: Campaign Site
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Equality is one of the foundational principles of America — that “all men are created equal” — and Tim has spent his life trying to even the playing field for all people. Tim began his career as a civil rights lawyer, defending people who’d faced racial discrimination from banks, landlords, real estate firms, and local governments. During his time as Governor, he promoted equal protection by banning discrimination against state employees on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, veteran status or disability.
Tim knows that diversity and inclusion strengthen our communities. That’s why he has been outspoken in opposing President Trump’s agenda to ban Muslims from entering America, deport millions of people who only know America as home, and empower white nationalists who would take Virginia and America backwards. He knows that even though marriage equality is the law of the land, LGBTQ Americans still face many battles in the fight for equality: that’s why he’s fighting to pass workplace protections for LGBTQ citizens, so that no Virginian ever loses their job again because of their sexuality or sexual orientation. He’s been a proud champion of voting rights, sponsoring legislation to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act and working to expand early voting and access to the ballot box for all Virginians.
For too long, we have undervalued and marginalized women in our society. Tim understands that women in America face a complex set of barriers to achieving true equality and has been a lifelong fighter for advancing women’s equality. As Lieutenant Governor and Governor, Tim made it a priority to update Virginia’s laws on sexual violence and improve the treatment of survivors, and he’s continued to actively support these measures in the Senate.
Tim supports women’s constitutional rights to make their own health care decisions. He opposes efforts to restrict access to contraceptives and defund Planned Parenthood. He was an original co-sponsor of the Protecting Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, which would restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act.
He supports equal pay for equal work and co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure men and women are paid equally for the same work. Tim has also passed legislation to help prevent sexual assault and harassment in our schools, colleges, and the military, and he co-sponsored the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Tim grew up in a middle class family, working in his dad’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. He knows that our economy is strong when workers and families have access to good paying jobs, higher wages, and the skills to succeed and get ahead.
When Tim was Governor, Virginia was ranked the best state for business — and it’s because we invest in our people, value our diversity, and grow the talented and educated workforce that makes our economy thrive. Tim understands that, to bring more jobs to Virginia, we must have a skilled workforce. He cosponsored the Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act to give businesses incentives to hire individuals in apprenticeship programs in high-demand fields such as health care, technology or manufacturing. He also introduced the bipartisan JOBS Act to help expand employment in high-demand fields by allowing individuals to use Pell Grants for job training programs.
Tim also wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and he sponsored the Raise the Wage Act to do just that. He will keep fighting to ensure that 41 million workers, including nearly 786,000 Virginians, can see higher pay by raising the minimum wage.
A good education is the foundation for a successful future, which is why Tim is a champion for our public schools. Tim and his wife Anne sent their three kids to Richmond public schools, so they know firsthand the concerns parents have about their children’s education and the power that good teachers have to change kids’ lives. Tim will fight efforts to divert public school funding to private schools, and he supports raising teacher pay and providing teachers with the tools and resources they need in the classroom.
As Mayor, Tim built four new schools in Richmond, the city’s first new schools in a generation, and increased education spending by 30 percent. As Governor, he worked with the legislature to expand the number of children enrolled in Pre-K by nearly 40 percent, a commitment to expanding and improving education that helped lead to Education Week naming Virginia the state where a child was most likely to have a successful life.
In the Senate, Tim is on the key committee dealing with education issues — the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee — where he has worked to ensure that students have the skills to be successful after high school. Tim believes in the power of career and technical education (CTE) to strengthen links between the classroom and the workplace and to help students gain the skills that will lead to productive, successful lives after graduation, which is why he introduced legislation to help schools recruit and train high-quality CTE teachers. Tim also introduced the PRE-K Act to help more states expand early childhood education, and he supports legislation to help students earn college credits in high school in order to cut the cost of earning a college degree.
Higher Education and Job Training
Tim is fighting to ease the crushing burden of student debt and make higher education and job training available to all Virginians. Tim believes that, if we can pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut for those at the very top, we can find a way to make college debt-free for students who need it — and he recently worked to pass his legislation to help forgive student loans for public service workers, such as teachers, soldiers, and social workers. He also co-sponsored the Fairness for Struggling Students Act, which would make it easier for students to get relief from their private loan debt through bankruptcy.
Ensuring that we have a skilled workforce will not only benefit students but drive new businesses and employers to Virginia. A longtime leader in promoting career and technical education, he is fighting for parity in how we view workforce programs and traditional four-year college, including by expanding Pell Grants to cover short-term job training programs. Tim also created the bipartisan Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to help more Americans acquire the education and skills to help them find employment and enjoy successful careers, and he supports legislation to foster partnerships between community college and businesses to place more students in good jobs.
Climate change imperils our planet’s future and threatens our economy. Tim believes that protecting our natural resources and environment are critical for our long-term health, safety and prosperity. That’s why he is fighting the Trump administration’s efforts to gut federal environmental protections, including for clean air and water, and speaking out against President Trump’s decision to abandon U.S. leadership by withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.
Tim opposes offshore drilling in Virginia. He is fighting the Trump administration’s attempt to ignore the voices of Virginians by rushing through the process to open the waters of our coastlines to drilling. Tim has also been critical of how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines and has called for FERC to rehear arguments and conduct another vote on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Tim will continue to fight the Trump administration’s decision to abandon the Clean Power Plan, a move that harms the transition toward clean and renewable energy. Virginia is uniquely threatened by sea level rise, which is why Tim has introduced legislation to make regions like Hampton Roads more resilient in the face of flooding and extreme weather events. He is also a longtime champion for restoring the Chesapeake Bay.
Tim is fighting to expand health care for all Virginians.
When President Trump and Republicans in Congress tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Tim fought back — standing up for the tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Virginians who would have had their health care taken away. Since the ACA was signed into law, more than 400,000 Virginians have gained access to health insurance, and Tim will continue to oppose efforts to roll it back. He will never support eliminating protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and he will continue to ensure that plans provide “essential health benefits,” such as coverage for pregnancy, maternity, newborn care, mental health, and substance use disorders.
Tim also has a plan called Medicare X, which would give all Virginians access to a plan similar to Medicare. This public option would give more Virginians a real choice when it comes to health insurance, at a lower cost. He opposes cuts to Medicare and believes Virginia should expand Medicaid so hundreds of thousands more Virginians can get access to care. Refusing to expand Medicaid would cost Virginia tens of thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars. It’s a no-brainer, yet the leading Republican candidates for Senate vocally oppose it.
Tim will also continue to defend the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As Governor, Tim increased the number of children enrolled in CHIP, and more than 68,000 Virginia kids rely on this program for their health care. Earlier this year, after Republicans let CHIP funding lapse, Tim worked hard to help secure a six-year extension of the program.
Tim has also led efforts in the Senate to combat drug addiction, including the opioid and heroin epidemic that threatens Virginia and the rest of the country. He believes new treatments, including medical marijuana, can help address this crisis, and he has fought to expand federal funding for states, like Virginia, to dedicate new resources for drug treatment and prevention.
Tim believes that America is made stronger by its diversity, and that the promise of the American Dream is threatened by an anti-immigrant agenda led by the Trump administration. Tim believes we need comprehensive immigration reform and strongly supported legislation that passed the Senate in 2013 to create a path to citizenship and fund border security. During that debate, Tim proudly delivered the first-ever Senate floor speech in Spanish.
Tim has been an outspoken opponent of President Trump’s attempts to ban immigration from Muslim countries, harshly restrict legal immigration, and threaten TPS recipients and Dreamers with deportation. Tim firmly believes immigrants enrich our society and bring skills and talents that help ensure we remain competitive in a global economy. That’s why he is a strong supporter of the Dream Act and has been working with his colleagues to find a solution to protect Dreamers and TPS recipients from deportation.
Too many of our communities are plagued by gun violence. Tim believes weapons of war have no place on our streets or in our schools, and he proudly boasts an F-rating from the NRA.
Tim is a gun owner and supports the Second Amendment, but he also believes we must take concrete steps to reduce gun violence. He supports universal background checks, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and improving our mental health system. This is personal for Tim, too. He was governor when the shooting at Virginia Tech took place — and after the shooting, Tim brought Democrats and Republicans together to strengthen the background check system and improve mental health.
Tim authored the Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act, which would hold people responsible for selling or transferring a firearm to someone who is barred by federal law from possessing firearms, and he co-sponsored legislation that would close a loophole which currently allows gun sales to proceed if a background check is not completed after 72 hours.
Supporting Veterans and Military
Virginia is home to every branch of the military and the largest naval station in the world. As the father of a Marine, Tim understands that military families, veterans, and service members in Virginia and across the globe face unique challenges. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Tim will continue fighting to ensure that we are maintaining our promise to them, that our military has the support and investments it needs to meet its mission, and that we are doing all we can to help veterans transition into civilian life.
The first bill Tim introduced in the Senate was the Troop Talent Act, which eases the transition of service members into the civilian workforce by helping them use the skills they developed in the military to obtain a workforce credential in order get a good job. There are more than 100,000 active duty and reserve members of the military in Virginia, and as co-chair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, Tim has authored bipartisan legislation to tackle military spouse unemployment and access to affordable child care for military families.
Tim believes our country must fulfill its sacred promise to care for those who have served in uniform. That’s why he introduced legislation to improve veterans’ access to quality health care in a timely manner and opposes measures to privatize the VA.
Keeping America Safe and Strengthening Diplomacy
Our country is safer when we are strong on the world stage, which is why Tim has consistently spoken out against the Trump administration’s reckless foreign policy and the dangerous actions he’s taken to erode U.S. leadership around the world. He is a leading voice in demanding that presidents — no matter their party — cannot unilaterally wage war without congressional approval.
As a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees — and the father of a Marine — Tim knows how important it is to minimize the risk of unnecessary war and maximize the chance that our nation will decisively win any war we must fight. That’s why he’s been an outspoken critic of President Trump’s efforts to undercut diplomacy around the world, and advocated for the U.S. to stand by our diplomatic deals and honor our commitments to the global community.
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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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