Full Name: Tim Kaine

Nick Names: 

 

Office Sought: US Senate

 

Party Affiliation: Democrat

 

 

Campaign Website: 
https://timkaine.com/

Campaign POC: Unavailable

Official Phone Number:
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Official Email: 
info@timkaine.com

 

Structured Interview Request Sent: Multiple requests sent. Refused 2024.

Structured Interview Response and Date:  Refused.

Vetting Panel Selected: Refused.

 

Structured Interview Completed: Refused.

 

Biography:

TIM’S VALUES
Senator Tim Kaine works to bring people together and make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

He has dedicated his life to helping others as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, and public servant. Tim’s life has been guided by the faith and values instilled by his parents, teachers and friends. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

Growing up working in his family’s ironworking shop in Kansas City, Tim learned to prioritize hard work, kindness, and service. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Tim embarked on a transformative journey that would shape his lifelong vocation. He volunteered at a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in El Progreso, Honduras, where he taught carpentry and welding. He learned how one person can make a difference and saw how a good education is vital to ensuring that everyone can live up to their God-given potential. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

Tim went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he met his wife of nearly 40 years, Anne Holton. Anne, the daughter of Virginia Governor Linwood Holton, shared Tim’s commitment to helping others and together they embarked on a life journey of service and advocacy. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

TIM’S SERVICE
Following law school, Tim and Anne settled in Richmond, found a church community and were blessed to raise three children. For 17 years, Tim worked as a civil rights lawyer, representing people facing discrimination by banks, landlords, and local governments. In 1998, Tim helped to secure one of the largest civil rights jury verdicts ever for people facing racial discrimination in obtaining homeowners insurance. Motivated to help solve issues faced by many of his clients, Tim ran for Richmond City Council and won his first race by just 97 votes. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

As a City Council member and later Mayor of Richmond, Tim worked with others to cut crime, build schools, create good-paying jobs, and clean up the James River. Tim’s work helped Richmond reverse decades of declining population and begin a major renaissance. Tim’s success as mayor propelled him to election as Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor and Governor. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

As Governor, Tim demonstrated true fiscal stewardship by managing the state through a national recession while also expanding early childhood and technical education, improving public safety, preserving open space and investing in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. By the end of his term in 2010, leading national publications recognized Virginia as America’s Best Managed State, the Best State for Business, and Best State for Children. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

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.” (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

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 at George Mason University after having served as its interim President in 2019-2020 – 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. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

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. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

Fighting for Virginians
Tim has spent his entire career fighting to improve the lives of everyday Virginians. Learn more about how he’s taking on the issues that matter most. Learn more about how you can get involved with our campaign. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

TIM’S COMMITMENT
Tim serves Virginians as a member of the Armed Services Committee (where he chairs the Seapower Subcommittee), the Budget Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and the Foreign Relations Committee (where he chairs the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee). (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

Why you? No answer provided. 

What are your priorities?

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. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

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. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

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 Reservist, 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 service members 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. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

Tim believes that health care is a right, not something reserved just for those who can afford it. He has introduced legislation to expand access to quality, affordable health care and lower health care costs for Americans. He has led the fight to protect young people from harmful tobacco products and successfully passed legislation raising the federal tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21. He introduced and successfully pushed for passage of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, legislation to prevent burnout, suicide, and mental and behavioral health issues among health care workers, which was signed into law in March 2022. He’s also introduced legislation to give Americans more options for affordable health insurance, to lower the cost of prescription drugs, and to combat the opioid epidemic. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

Tim works on those priorities every day for Virginians as a member of the Armed Services; Budget; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committees. He is Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, And Global Women’s Issues. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

Endorsements: Refused to answer.

Education: University of Missouri, Harvard Law School

Relevant Employment History: See above.

Military Experience / Branch / Years of Service / Rank / Type of Discharge: No information available on website. 

Past Offices Held and Tenure:

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. At the request of President Obama, Kaine served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 through 2011 where he rallied Democrats around the nation to support passage of the Affordable Care Act. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

Community Service: See above. 

Leadership Experience: 

TIM’S LEADERSHIP
In 2012, Tim was elected to the United States Senate, where he’s been laser-focused on bringing people together to improve the lives of Virginia families. Because of his work, Virginia is breaking ground on long overdue projects to fix roads, build rail, boost transit, upgrade our airports, and expand high-speed internet. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

Tim has secured major wins in expanding educational opportunities and access to affordable health care for all Americans, improving quality of life for our troops, reducing military spouse unemployment, funding our local law enforcement, addressing the opioid crisis, and lowering prescription drug costs. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

“In this country, if you work hard, do your part, and treat people right, you should be able to earn a good living  —  you should be able to give your kids better than you had. That’s how it’s supposed to work in the greatest country in the world.” (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

Personal Strengths: Refused to answer.

What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you? 

Throughout his life, Tim Kaine has remained guided by his core values of integrity, compassion, and service to others. He’s proud to roll up his sleeves and bring those values every day to the U.S. Senate. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

TIM’S LIFE
Tim is a devoted husband and father. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, camping, canoeing, cycling, reading, and indulging in his passion for music, whether listening to tunes or playing the harmonica with groups across the Commonwealth. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

Tim knows there is more to be done—that’s why he’s committed to lowering everyday costs, protecting democracy at home and abroad, and safeguarding our freedoms. Throughout his career, Tim has made a difference for Virginia with common-sense leadership focused on getting real results. He’s running for re-election to continue standing up for Virginia against any who would tear us down or hold us back. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

How would your friends and family describe you? Refused to answer. 

What are your thoughts on the Constitution as the Law of the Land? Only passing mention of the Constitution in published information. Demonstrated values contrary to values and beliefs of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. 


What are your thoughts on religious liberty?
No mention of the religious liberty in published information. Professes faith. However, demonstrated values contrary to values and beliefs of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. 


What are your thoughts on the preservation of our history? No mention of the preservation of history  in published information. Demonstrated values contrary to values and beliefs of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. 


What are your thought on government transparency? No mention of government transparency in published information. Demonstrated values contrary to values and beliefs of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. 


What are your thoughts on national defense? Tim’s Armed Services work focuses on crafting smart defense strategy in a changing world and has given him a platform to focus on the reduction of unemployment among veterans, especially Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans. His first enacted bill in the Senate established new standards to help active duty servicemembers attain civilian credentials for military skills to help them find jobs upon leaving the service. He has also introduced legislation to support military families and bring down the high unemployment rate among military spouses. In his Committee role, Tim has also worked to secure key Virginia priorities in defense bills, including the refueling and complex overhaul of the Norfolk-based U.S.S. George Washington. Tim has worked to secure funding for military construction projects in Virginia and continually advocated for the block buy of aircraft carriers to ensure our flexible fleet is ready to defend the nation. He has also pushed both the Obama and Trump Administrations to put forward a true cyber doctrine on how to defend our nation from future cyber attacks. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

On the Foreign Relations Committee, Tim works to enhance American diplomatic leadership. He believes that for far too long, Congress has abdicated its Constitutional responsibility and let Presidents declare war without legal authorization. For this reason, he has introduced several pieces of bipartisan legislation to review war powers and reassert Congress’ responsibility. In addition, Tim coauthored the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, establishing the process for Congressional review of the diplomatic effort to block any Iranian nuclear weapons program. He is one of the Senate’s few members fluent in Spanish and previously served as honorary chairman of the US-Spain Council. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

What are your thoughts on the free enterprise system? No mention of free enterprise on website. Demonstrated values contrary to values and beliefs of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. On the Budget Committee, Tim has used his experience making tough budget decisions in local and state office in Virginia to help advocate for Virginia’s priorities. A harsh critic of spending cuts that were painful for Hampton Roads and the entire Commonwealth, Tim helped broker a two-year budget deal to return some stability to the budget process and avoid crisis-to-crisis budgeting. Kaine has fought back against President Trump’s threats to cut or eliminate key Virginia priorities such as Chesapeake Bay restoration, the Appalachian Regional Commission, transportation grants, health care, and more.  (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

After a twenty-year career as a city council member, mayor, and governor, Tim is thrilled to be on the committee that focuses on education, health care, and jobs. As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Tim has pushed for bipartisan solutions to stabilize the health care marketplace and has worked to serve as an emergency brake on any attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and sabotage access to quality health care. He is working with the Committee on the upcoming rewrite of the Higher Education Act, where he will prioritize building a higher education system that values community college and technical education as much as four-year degrees. Building on his support for job training, Tim successfully got many of his provisions to strengthen Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the most recent K-12 education authorization act; these provisions include amendments to expand career counseling, modernize high schools with work-based learning opportunities, and designate CTE as a part of a well-rounded education along with traditional subjects including English, math, and science. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)


What are your thoughts on the protection of the unborn?
Demonstrated values contrary to values and beliefs of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)


What are your thoughts on the role the family plays in America?
No mention of the family in published information. Demonstrated values contrary to values and beliefs of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)


What are your thoughts on equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcomes? Demonstrated values contrary to values and beliefs of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)


What are your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment?
Demonstrated values contrary to values and beliefs of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. (Source: https://timkaine.com/)

 

Additional sources of information on this candidate:

Website – https://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/memberpage.php?id=S104 

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/@timkaine

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/timkaine/

Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/199690420@N05/

Threads – https://www.threads.net/@timkaine

Voting Record – https://www.kaine.senate.gov/about/voting-record

Legislation – https://www.kaine.senate.gov/about/legislation

Committee Assignments – https://www.kaine.senate.gov/about/committee-assignments

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