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Tim Kaine

Tim Kaine
United States Senator
from Virginia
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Serving with Mark Warner
Preceded by Jim Webb
Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
In office
January 21, 2009 – April 5, 2011
Preceded by Howard Dean
Succeeded by Debbie Wasserman Schultz
70th Governor of Virginia
In office
January 14, 2006 – January 16, 2010
Lieutenant Bill Bolling
Preceded by Mark Warner
Succeeded by Bob McDonnell
38th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
January 12, 2002 – January 14, 2006
Governor Mark Warner
Preceded by John Hager
Succeeded by Bill Bolling
76th Mayor of Richmond
In office
July 1, 1998 – September 10, 2001
Preceded by Larry Chavis
Succeeded by Rudolph McCollum
Personal details
Born Timothy Michael Kaine
(1958-02-26) February 26, 1958
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anne Holton (1984–present)
Children Nat
Alma mater University of Missouri (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Senate website

Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine (born February 26, 1958) is an American politician currently serving as the junior United States Senator from Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Kaine was first elected to the Senate in 2012.

Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Kaine is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Kaine began his career as a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit before entering private practice and becoming a lecturer at the University of Richmond School of Law. Kaine was first elected to public office in 1995, when he won a seat on the Richmond, Virginia City Council. He was then elected Mayor of Richmond, Virginia in 1998, serving in that position until being elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002.

As all Virginia governors are limited to one consecutive term, Kaine declared his candidacy for Governor of Virginia in 2005, in a bid to replace Mark Warner. Kaine won in an uncontested Democratic primary, and faced Republican Attorney General Jerry Kilgore in the general election; Kaine won with 51% of the vote, to Kilgore's 46%. Kaine served as Governor from 2006 to 2010. Upon becoming Governor, Kaine gave the Democratic response to the 2006 State of the Union Address. He was considered a top contender for running mate in Senator Barack Obama's successful 2008 presidential campaign, but instead became the 51st Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, serving from 2009 to 2011.


Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Chavis
Mayor of Richmond
Succeeded by
Rudolph McCollum
Preceded by
John Hager
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Bill Bolling
Preceded by
Mark Warner
Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Bob McDonnell
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lewis Payne
Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Leslie Byrne
Preceded by
Mark Warner
Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Creigh Deeds
Preceded by
Howard Dean
Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
Succeeded by
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Preceded by
Jim Webb
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Virginia
(Class 1)

Most recent
United States Senate
Preceded by
Jim Webb
United States Senator (Class 1) from Virginia
Served alongside: Mark Warner
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Angus King
United States Senators by seniority
Succeeded by
Ted Cruz
  • U.S. Senate website
  • Tim Kaine for Senate
  • Tim Kaine at DMOZ

External links

  • 2005 campaign contributions at the Virginia Public Access Project
  • Mason Asks: Tim Kaine Mike Lucier, "Mason Votes", April 27, 2012
  • Moving Virginia Forward Archived Web Site, 2007 part of Virginia's Political Landscape, 2007 Web Archive Collection at Virginia Memory
  • Moving Virginia Forward Archived Web Site, 2009 part of Virginia's Political Landscape, 2009 Web Archive Collection at Virginia Memory
  • Tim Kaine for Governor Archived Web Site, 2005-2006 part of Virginia's Political Landscape, Fall 2005 Web Archive Collection at Virginia Memory
  • Governor Tim Kaine Administration Web Site Archive, 2006-2010
  • Kaine Email Project at LVA at Virginia Memory

Further reading

  1. ^ Nuckols, Christina (October 16, 2005). "Profile: Who is Timothy M. Kaine?".  
  2. ^ "Governor Tim Kaine". Kids Commonwealth. Commonwealth of Virginia. Retrieved July 29, 2008. 
  3. ^ Grow, Doug (September 1, 2010). "As Kaine stumps for Dayton, Rybak gets in a plug or two". Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ . May 1, 2007 
  5. ^ "Ancestry of Tim Kaine". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  6. ^ Danielle Burton (18 April 2008). "10 things you didn't know about Tim Kaine". US News and World Report. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ Kaine ponders move out of politics – News –
  9. ^ Fox, Andy (July 29, 2008). "Va. Gov. Tim Kaine possible presidential running mate". My Fox Hampton Roads. Retrieved July 31, 2008. 
  10. ^ Official Site of the Governor of Virginia
  11. ^ Richard Foster (October 2005). "To the finish: Kaine". Richmond Magazine. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Governor Tim Kaine". City of Hampton, Virginia. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Charles McGuigan (September 2005). "Tim Kaine: A Man for All Seasons". North of the James Magazine. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Hugh Lessig (3 June 2001). "Kaine says his ability to unify is important". Hampton Roads Daily Press. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Carrie (2000-05-20). "Spending For March Criticized; City's Cost For Buses Higher Than Expected". Richmond Times-Dispatch (Media General). Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  16. ^ Johnson, Carrie (2000-07-08). "Discretionary Funds Debated". Richmond Times-Dispatch (Media General). Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  17. ^ Meola, David Ress, and Tyler Whitley, Olympia (2008-08-03). "On Kaine the uniter, views split". Richmond Times-Dispatch (Media General). Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  18. ^ Johnson, Carrie (2000-05-17). "Richmond Subsidizes Buses for Million Mom Marchers". Richmond Times-Dispatch (print edition only) (Media General). 
  19. ^ Johnson, Carrie (2000-06-13). "Kaine To Raise Money For Rally, Other Council Members Opposed To Use Of Discretionary Fund". Richmond Times-Dispatch (Media General). Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  20. ^ Official Election Results – Virginia State Board of Elections
  21. ^ "Virginia gubernatorial election, 2005: Results".
  22. ^ VA: Kaine 49% Kilgore 46% – Rasmussen Reports, November 4, 2005
  23. ^ Shear, Michael D. (October 18, 2005). "Kaine Sounds Slow-Growth Note in Exurbs". Washington Post.
  24. ^ "Death penalty demagoguery". (October 13, 2005). The Roanoke Times.
  25. ^ "RealClear Politics – 2005 Virginia Gubernatorial Election". Retrieved November 4, 2005.
  26. ^ Democratic Response to George W. Bush's Sixth State of the Union Address
  27. ^ House Bill 3202
  28. ^ Regional Parks: Governor Kaine sets aggressive land conservation goal
  29. ^ Roanoke Times. Retrieved March 4, 2008.
  30. ^ Virginia Land Conservation Statistics, by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved March 4, 2008.
  31. ^ Press Release
  32. ^ Press Release
  33. ^ Craig, Tim (March 3, 2007). "Kaine Says He'll Sign Bill Making Shots Mandatory". Washington Post. 
  34. ^ Tim Craig (May 1, 2007). "Ban on Sale Of Guns to Mentally Ill Is Expanded". Washington Post. Retrieved June 25, 2007. 
  35. ^ Vozzella, Laura (2 November 2012). "A look at the Virginia Senate candidates’ records as governor". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  36. ^ Alec MacGillis (September 7, 2006). "No Tunnel For Tysons, Kaine Says". Washington Post. Retrieved August 3, 2008. 
  37. ^ Tim Kaine Official Website (August 6, 2008). "Southside Child Development Tour".  
  38. ^ , September 27, 2007, accessed December 9, 2009FOX News"Virginia Governor Tim Kaine Accepts Resignation of Controversial Appointee",
  39. ^ "Immigration official resigns after 'jihad' remark; Muslim appointee to immigration panel seen in video condemning Israel", Associated Press, September 27, 2007, accessed December 9, 2009
  40. ^ Craig, Tim (March 30, 2008). "Kaine Says Coal-Burning Power Plant Is Necessary". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  41. ^ "CCAN: Stop the Wise County Coal Plant!". 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  42. ^ "Sources: Bayh, Kaine out of Obama's VP race - Politics". Associated Press. 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  43. ^ YouTube – Gov. Tim Kaine Supports Barack Obama
  44. ^ Vice President pool swimming with governors – National, Michigan State & Local Elections 2008 News & Polls –
  45. ^ Vetting Obama's 'man' Washington Times August 3, 2008
  46. ^ Kaine very high on Obama's short VP list- Politico. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
  47. ^ The New York Times Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  48. ^ "Obama introduces Biden as running mate -". CNN. August 23, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2010. 
  49. ^ Dennis, Brady; Wallsten, Peter (18 February 2011). "Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  50. ^ Cillizza, Chris (2011-04-05) "Tim Kaine announces for Senate in Virginia", Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
  51. ^ O'Brien, Michael (2011-04-05) "Tim Kaine launches Virginia Senate bid", The Hill. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
  52. ^ "Kaine hits the road to tout economic plan", Washington Post. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  53. ^ "Republicans fight to reclaim the Senate majority: 2012 races to watch". ABC. 1 June 2012. 
  54. ^  
  55. ^ Cooper, Kent (2011-07-07). "Mike Henry Returns to Va. Politics to Run Kaine Campaign : Roll Call Politics". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  56. ^ Peralta, Eyder (13 June 2013). "With A Speech In Spanish, Tim Kaine Makes Senate History". NPR. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  57. ^ "Press Release | Press Releases | Newsroom | Tim Kaine | U.S. Senator for Virginia". 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  58. ^ Tim Kaine on Abortion,
  59. ^ "On the Issues: Abortion". Tim Kaine for Governor. October 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  60. ^ "Kaine: Keep Roe, Hussein Needed to Go". Political Radar ( 
  61. ^ "Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  62. ^ Tim Mak (22 November 2014). "Politics End In Halifax As Democratic and GOP Senators Seek Common Ground on National Security". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  63. ^
  64. ^
  65. ^ Recent Legislative Activity
  66. ^ Recent legislative Activity
  67. ^ Kaine: Electrocution Should Not be Execution Option
  68. ^ Gov. Kaine commutes Percy Walton’s death sentence, WSLS News, June 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
  69. ^ Jerrita Patterson (2012-10-08). "Allen, Kaine to square off in hotly contested Senate debate". Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  70. ^ "U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Votes > S.Amdt.1974". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  71. ^ Marc, Fisher (March 1, 2005). "Kaine-Kilgore Race Will Be Waged on GOP's Chosen Turf". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  72. ^ "On whether judges should be allowed to place children with gay couples who wish to adopt.". PolitiFact. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  73. ^ Pershing, Ben (May 8, 2012). "Tim Kaine pressed on gay marriage stance". The Washington Post. 
  74. ^ "The Fix". The Washington Post. 
  75. ^ "How I Won by Gov. Tim Kaine". DLC. 2006-02-09. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  76. ^ Pershing, Ben (October 8, 2012). "Virginia Politics". The Washington Post. 
  77. ^ Hicks, Josh (October 10, 2012). "Tim Kaine vs. George Allen, Part 2". The Washington Post. 
  78. ^ [4]
  79. ^ "NVTC / Microsoft Tech Town Hall with Tim Kaine, June 28, 2012". Northern Virginia Technology Council. June 29, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  80. ^ "November 6, 2012 General Election Official Results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 


Virginia Lieutenant Governor Election 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tim Kaine 925,974 50.4
Republican Jay K. Katzen 883,886 48.0
Libertarian Gary Reams 28,783 1.6
Virginia Gubernatorial Election 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tim Kaine 1,025,942 51.7
Republican Jerry Kilgore 912,327 46.0
Virginia Senate Election 2012 [80]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tim Kaine 2,010,067 52.9
Republican George Allen 1,785,542 47.0

Electoral history

Kaine supports introducing an internet sales tax that would require online retailers to collect the same sales taxes that traditional brick-and-mortar retailers currently collect.[79]

Kaine supports removing the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes. He said, "For Social Security, we can raise the income payroll tax cap so that it covers a similar percentage of income as it did in the 1980s under President Reagan, which would greatly extend the solvency of the program."[78]

Kaine says that he supports allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for those with high incomes.[76] Kaine also stated during a debate that he would be open to establishing a minimum tax that everyone must pay.[77]


Kaine supports some "smart growth"-style policies to manage sprawl and transportation issues; he refers to these plans as "balanced growth."[75]

Local issues

On May 8, 2012 Kaine said that "There should be a license that would entitle a committed couple to the same rights as a married couple."[73] In March 2013, Kaine announced his support of same-sex marriage.[74]

When talking about gay marriage in 2005, Kaine said that "No couples in Virginia can adopt other than a married couple — that's the right policy. Gay individuals should be able to adopt."[71] In 2011, however, Kaine would change his position and become more open to the idea of adoption. Kaine said he believed that the judges would be able to make effective case-by-case analyses when dealing with unmarried couples applying to be possible parents. He said that he was open to consideration being made available to all couples, gay or straight.[72]

LGBT rights

On September 27, 2013, Kaine voted to restore funding for ObamaCare as part of an amendment to legislation funding government operations for 45 days, and which also omitted House-passed language prioritizing debt payments if Congress fails to increase the nation’s borrowing limits.[70]

Kaine supported passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare. On this issue, Kaine said, “I was a supporter and remain a supporter of the Affordable Care Act. I felt like it was a statement that we were going to put some things in the rear view mirror."[69]


Despite his personal opposition to capital punishment, often cited during the 2005 campaign by both sides, Kaine oversaw eleven executions as Governor, including the execution of John Allen Muhammad, the Beltway Sniper, on November 10, 2009. He has vetoed eight death-penalty expansion bills although some of the vetoes were overturned,[65][66] and opposed the electric chair as an option.[67] On June 9, 2008, Kaine commuted the death sentence of Percy Levar Walton to life in prison without parole.[68]

Capital punishment

On December 11, 2014 after a 5-month campaign by Kaine, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved by 10-8 (straight party lines) a measure authorizing military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), but barring the use of ground troops.[63][64]

In November 2014, at the Halifax International Security Forum, Kaine together with Senator John McCain emphasized the necessity of Congressional authorization for military operations against ISIS. "You just can't have a war without Congress", Kaine declared in Halifax.[62]

On the issue of the war in Afghanistan, Tim Kaine's website states "The main mission in Afghanistan—destroying Al Qaeda—is nearly complete and we should bring our troops home as quickly as we can, consistent with the need to make sure that Afghanistan poses no danger in the broader region."[61]

Afghanistan and ISIS

Kaine asserts that he has encouraged policymakers to focus on bringing down the number of abortions by reducing teen pregnancy through abstinence-focused education, ensuring women's access to health care and contraception, and promoting adoption.[59] He supports some legal restrictions on abortion, such as requiring parental consent and banning partial-birth abortions in cases where the woman's life is not at risk.[60]

Kaine, a Roman Catholic, is for religious reasons privately against abortion,[58] but opposes overturning Roe v. Wade. On his 2012 Senate campaign website he says, "I strongly support the right of women to make their own health and reproductive decisions and, for that reason, will oppose efforts to weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade."


Political positions

Committee assignments

In July 2013, Kaine was named chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs.[57]

On 11 June 2013, Kaine delivered a speech on the Senate floor in support of the bi-partisan "Gang of Eight" immigration bill. The speech was entirely in Spanish, marking the first time a Senator had ever made a speech on the Senate floor in a language other than English.[56]

Kaine was sworn in for a six-year term on January 3, 2013, reuniting him with Mark Warner, the senior senator. When Warner was governor of Virginia, Kaine was his lieutenant governor.


[55] was chosen as Kaine's campaign manager.Mike Henry [54][53] Kaine announced on April 5, 2011 that he would run for United States Senate in 2012, following Senator

2012 election

United States Senate

[49] In February 2011, it was reported that President Obama had joined Wisconsin's budget battle and would oppose the Republican anti-union bill. The Washington Post reported that

In January 2009, Kaine became the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He took the position at the request of President Obama, and during his tenure he oversaw a significant expansion of the party's grassroots focus through Organizing for America.

Democratic Party chairman (2009-2011)

Kaine was considered as a possible running mate for Barack Obama in 2008, but was not chosen.[42] Kaine first supported Senator Obama's presidential bid in February 2007. It was maintained that Kaine's endorsement was the first from a statewide elected official outside of Illinois[43] Since Kaine was a relatively popular governor of a southern state, there was media speculation that he was a potential nominee for Vice President.[44] Obama had supported Kaine in his campaign for governor and had said about him: "Tim Kaine has a message of fiscal responsibility and generosity of spirit. That kind of message can sell anywhere."[45] On July 28, 2008, reported that Kaine was "very, very high" on Obama's shortlist for vice president,[46] a list which also included then Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, and Senator Joe Biden of Delaware.[47] Obama ultimately selected Biden to become the vice-presidential nominee.[48]

Barack Obama campaigned for
Tim Kaine in 2005 for the
gubernatorial election

2008 vice presidential speculation

  • Chief of Staff — William Leighty (2006–07), Wayne Turnage (2007–10)
  • Secretary of Administration – Viola Baskerville (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry – Robert Bloxom (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Commerce and Trade – Patrick Gottschalk (2006–10)
  • Secretary of the Commonwealth – Katherine Hanley (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Education – Thomas Morris (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Finance – Jody Wagner (2006–2008), Richard D. Brown (2008–10)
  • Secretary of Health and Human Resources – Marilyn Tavenner (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Natural Resources – Preston Bryant (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Public Safety – John W. Marshall (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Technology – Aneesh Chopra (2006–09), Leonard M. Pomata (2009–10)
  • Secretary of Transportation – Pierce Homer (2006–10)
  • Assistant for Commonwealth Preparedness – Robert P. Crouch (2006–10)
  • Senior Advisor for Workforce – Daniel G. LeBlanc (2006–10)


Kaine's support of a coal-fired power plant in Wise County[40] that would emit an estimated 5.4 million tons of carbon dioxide per year was opposed by environmentalists.[41]

Coal power plant

Kaine appointed Dr. Esam Omeish to the Virginia Commission on Immigration, which was examining whether Virginia should do more to restrict illegal immigration. In September 2007, Omeish resigned as a commission member—as requested by Kaine—three hours after remarks made by Omeish on a call-in show on WRVA radio in Richmond were brought to Kaine's attention, specifically his criticisms of the Israel lobby and call for Bush's impeachment on account of the Iraq War.[38] "I have been made aware of certain statements he has made which concern me," Kaine said in accepting Omeish's resignation. Kaine added that background checks would be more thorough in the future.[39]

Omeish resignation

During the 2008 General Assembly session, Governor Kaine backed a $22 million proposal to make pre-kindergarten education more accessible to at-risk four-year-olds.[37]


In July 2007, Kaine supported an above-ground solution to the debate on building the Silver Line of the Washington Metro through Tysons Corner. Some people disagreed and preferred a tunnel.[36]


The commission, led by former Virginia State Police Superintendent Gerald Massengill and former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, began work on April 28, 2007, and issued its findings and recommendations on August 30, 2007. On April 30, 2007, Governor Kaine signed an executive order instructing state agencies to step up efforts to block gun sales to people involuntarily committed to inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment centers.[34] Kaine's quick return to the state and his handling of the issue received widespread praise.[35]

When news of the Virginia Tech shootings broke, Kaine canceled a trade mission to Japan and India to attend to the situation. Kaine spoke at the convocation held in Blacksburg the day after the shooting in which he invoked the Biblical story of Job. Kaine said he would appoint a panel of independent law-enforcement officials to determine what the university knew about the student responsible for the massacre, which resulted in the deaths of 32 people.

Virginia Tech shooting

Gov. Kaine with U.S. Senators
George Allen

Kaine has signaled his support for vaccinating sixth-grade girls in Virginia with the HPV vaccine. In 2007, Virginia, along with 20 other states, was considering a law to expand such vaccinations. Accordingly, in 2007, the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a law that mandated such vaccinations, while allowing parents to opt out of the requirement without citing a reason. After expressing "some qualms", Kaine signed the bill into law.[33]

HPV vaccinations

Kaine announced that Virginia would be the first state to digitize records from the Civil War Era Freedmen's Bureau. This would facilitate research into post-Civil War African-American history.[32]

Civil War records

In June 2006, Kaine signed an executive order banning smoking in all government buildings and state-owned cars.[31]


In May 2006, Governor Kaine announced his plan to protect 400,000 acres (1,600 km2) of Virginia land from development before the end of his service as Governor of Virginia. Kaine's conservation efforts focus on encouraging landowners to donate protective easements that restrict development.[28] As of 2007, according to government statistics, Maryland spends as much as $21 per capita on land conservation, while Virginia spends $1.45.[29] On the other hand, Virginia also has a higher proportion of its total land area under permanent protection than many other states, with about 13.69% of it currently protected.[30]


In March 2006, after the Virginia General Assembly failed to come up with a budget, Kaine called for a special session that continued until June. The debate was over transportation issues and how to fund current and new projects. Most of the debate originated in a struggle within the Republican-controlled Senate and House of Delegates. In 2007, however, a transportation bill was passed and signed into law by Kaine.[27]

Budget special session

On January 31, 2006, Kaine gave the Democratic response to President Bush's 2006 State of the Union address. In his response, he argued that the Republicans failed to support bipartisanship in Washington and he condemned Bush's spending increases and tax cuts as "reckless".[26]

Democratic response to State of the Union address

Tim Kaine, 5th man from the right,
along with Virginia Tech officials, receives a donation to the Virginia Tech memorial fund from East Carolina University given during the Hokies' 2007 football home opener

Governor of Virginia (2006-2010)

on January 14, 2006. Upon his inauguration, he became the first Catholic Governor in Virginia history. Williamsburg Kaine was inaugurated in [25][24] Kaine closely associated himself with popular outgoing Democratic Governor

An underdog for most of the race, Kaine led in some polls for the first time in October 2005, and held his lead into the final week before the election.[22] While the previous Democratic Governor, Mark Warner, was credited with doing especially well for a Democrat in rural areas of the commonwealth, Kaine's win featured surprising triumphs in traditionally Republican areas such as Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and the Northern Virginia exurbs of Prince William County and Loudoun County, as well as impressive showings in Democratic strongholds such as Richmond and Norfolk.[23]

In 2005, Kaine ran for and won the office of governor of Virginia in the November general election, defeating Republican former Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore with 52% of the vote to Kilgore's 46%.[21]

Tim Kaine at the Covington
Labor Day Parade

2005 Gubernatorial election

In the Virginia general elections of November 2001, Kaine ran for lieutenant governor and won with 925,974 votes (50.35%).[20] His opponents were Republican state Delegate Jay Katzen, with 883,886 votes (48.06%) and Libertarian Gary Reams, with 28,783 votes (1.57%). Kaine was inaugurated on January 12, 2002. As lieutenant governor, he also served as president of the Virginia Senate.

Lieutenant governor (2002-2005)

During his tenure as Mayor, Kaine drew criticism for designating public funds for an anti-gun-violence rally.[15][16][17][18] After a constituent raised concerns about the funding at a Richmond City Council meeting, Kaine raised the money privately and reimbursed the city.[19]

As mayor, Kaine gained national attention following the implementation of a gun law known as Project Exile, an initiative that moved trials for armed defendants to federal court, which has stiffer sentencing guidelines.[13][14]

Under Kaine's leadership, Richmond saw the construction of its first new schools in a generation, tax cuts, and a reduction in the city’s crime rate. Richmond’s success in reducing violent crime, including a 55 percent drop in the city's homicide rate during his tenure,[11] earned national recognition from International Association of Chiefs of Police. Richmond's economic success during Kaine’s tenure earned the city its first-ever listing in Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of the top 10 cities in America for doing business.[12]

He was elected mayor of Richmond by the city council in 1998. (Until 2004, the mayor of Richmond was chosen by the city council from among its membership; under the present system, the mayor is chosen by popular vote.) He spent seven years on the city council, including two terms as mayor.

Mayor of Richmond (1998-2001)

Kaine practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, specializing in representing people who had been denied housing opportunities because of their fair housing. He also taught legal ethics for six years at the University of Richmond Law School.[10] More than ten years into his legal career in 1994, he was elected to the city council of the independent city of Richmond from the portion of the city in which he resided under Richmond's system of nine wards.

Kaine graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in economics in 1979.[6] Kaine was a Coro Foundation fellow in Kansas City[7] in 1978. He attended Harvard Law School, taking a year-long break during law school to work with the Jesuit order as a Catholic missionary in Honduras.[8] Kaine is fluent in Spanish as a result of his year in Honduras.[9] He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1983 with a Juris Doctor, and was admitted to the Virginia Bar. He clerked for Judge R. Lanier Anderson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In 1984, Kaine married former Richmond Juvenile Court Judge Anne Holton. Holton is the daughter of former Virginia governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr. Kaine and Holton have three children, Nat, Woody, and Annella.

Kaine was born at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is the son of Mary Kathleen (née Burns) and Albert Alexander Kaine, Jr., who worked as a welder and owned a small iron-working shop.[1][2][3] He was raised Catholic.[4] His father is of Scottish and Irish descent, and his mother is of Irish ancestry.[5] Kaine grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri.

Early life and education

  • Early life and education 1
  • Mayor of Richmond (1998-2001) 2
  • Lieutenant governor (2002-2005) 3
  • 2005 Gubernatorial election 4
  • Governor of Virginia (2006-2010) 5
    • Democratic response to State of the Union address 5.1
    • Budget special session 5.2
    • Conservation 5.3
    • Smoking 5.4
    • Civil War records 5.5
    • HPV vaccinations 5.6
    • Virginia Tech shooting 5.7
    • Metro 5.8
    • Education 5.9
    • Omeish resignation 5.10
    • Coal power plant 5.11
    • Cabinet 5.12
  • 2008 vice presidential speculation 6
  • Democratic Party chairman (2009-2011) 7
  • United States Senate 8
    • 2012 election 8.1
    • Tenure 8.2
    • Committee assignments 8.3
  • Political positions 9
    • Abortion 9.1
    • Afghanistan and ISIS 9.2
    • Capital punishment 9.3
    • Healthcare 9.4
    • LGBT rights 9.5
    • Local issues 9.6
    • Taxes 9.7
  • Electoral history 10
  • References 11
  • Further reading 12
  • External links 13


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