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Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine, official 113th Congress photo portrait.jpg
U.S. Senate, Virginia
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 2
PredecessorJim Webb (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Governor of Virginia
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Mayor of Richmond
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri
J.D.Harvard Law School
Date of birthFebruary 26, 1958
Place of birthOverland Park, Kansas
ProfessionProfessor at the University of Richmond
Net worth(2012) $1,379,024
Office website
Campaign website
Timothy Kaine (b. February 26, 1944, in Overland Park, Kan.) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Virginia. Kaine was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and is currently serving his first term.[1] He assumed the position of chairman of the Middle East subcommittee in the Senate in July 2013.[2] Kaine is set to run for re-election in Virginia in November 2018.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kaine is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.


Prior to his election in the Senate Kaine served as Governor of Virginia from 2005 to 2010.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Kaine's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Kaine serves on the following committees:[5]


Kaine served on the following Senate committees:[6]:

  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on SeaPower
    • Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
    • Subcommittee on Personnel
  • Budget Committee
  • Foreign Relations Committee
    • The Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues
    • The Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps Chairman

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[7] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Kaine's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

Committee vote on Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Yea3.png On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria. It was approved by a 10-7 vote.[9][10]

The vote came after a three-hour briefing with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.[9]

Of the nine Democratic members and eight Republican members that made up the committee, seven Democrats and three Republicans voted in favor, while five Republicans and two Democrats opposed the authorization.[11] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Kaine was one of the seven Democrats who approved the authorization.[12]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Kaine voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[13]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[14] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in if or when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Kaine joined with 46 other Democratic senators in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Kaine voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[16][17]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Kaine voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[19]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Kaine voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[21]


Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Kaine voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[22]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Kaine voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[23]


On The Issues Vote Match

Kaine's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Kaine is a Liberal Populist. Kaine received a score of 55 percent on social issues and 11 percent on economic issues.[24]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[25]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Neutral
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[24] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Campaign themes


According to Kaine's website, some of his campaign themes included:

  • Economy: "Small businesses and their owners remain the innovators and backbone of our economy...find ways to support the entrepreneurs and risk takers."
  • Energy: "America’s long-term goal should be to expand the use of low-polluting forms of energy."
  • Healthcare: "I support the Affordable Care Act as a first step to put patients in charge of their health care decisions and put the brakes on runaway health care costs that were crippling patients and businesses."[26]



See also: United States Senate elections in Virginia, 2012

Kaine ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Virginia.[27] He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated George Allen (R) in the general election.[1]

On March 22, 2012, Sabato's Crystal Ball analyzed the eight races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party would end up with control in 2013.[28] The seat, rated a toss-up, was one that Sabato's Crystal Ball believed was most likely to depend on the outcome of the presidential election in November.[28] According to the article, the "outcome of this race will largely be determined by which party claims Virginia’s 13 electoral votes in November."[28]

U.S. Senate, Virginia General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy M. Kaine 52.9% 2,010,067
     Republican George F. Allen 47% 1,785,542
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 6,587
Total Votes 3,802,196
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


George Allen vs. Tim Kaine
Poll George Allen Tim KaineSome Other CandidateUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports (August 23,2012)
Rasmussen Reports (September 17,2012)
Washington Post Poll (October 26,2012)
AVERAGES 44.33% 47.67% 2.33% 6% +/-3.83 834.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Kaine served as Governor of Virginia from 2005 - 2009.


  • Chief of Staff - William Leighty
  • Secretary of Administration - Viola Baskerville
  • Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry - Robert Bloxom
  • Secretary of Commerce and Trade - Patrick Gottschalk
  • Secretary of the Commonwealth - Katherine Hanley
  • Secretary of Education - Thomas Morris
  • Secretary of Finance - Jody Wagner
  • Secretary of Health and Human Resources - Marilyn Tavenner
  • Secretary of Natural Resources - Preston Bryant
  • Secretary of Public Safety - John W. Marshall
  • Secretary of Technology - Aneesh Chopra
  • Secretary of Transportation - Pierce Homer
  • Assistant for Commonwealth Preparedness - Robert P. Crouch
  • Senior Advisor for Workforce - Daniel G. LeBlanc


In 2001, Kaine was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, serving under Governor Mark Warner. Kaine defeated Republican Jay Katzen.

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, 2001
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Kaine 50.3% 925,974
     Republican Jay K. Katzen 48.1% 883,886
     Libertarian Gary A. Reams 1.6% 28,783
     Write-In Various 0% 490
Total Votes 1,839,133
Election Results via Virginia State Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Kaine attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Kaine is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kaine raised a total of $18,045,722 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[29]

Tim Kaine's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Virginia) Won $18,045,722
Grand Total Raised $18,045,722


Kaine won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kaine's campaign committee raised a total of $18,045,722 and spent $17,918,247.[30]

Cost per vote

Kaine spent $8.91 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kaine's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $713,048 to $2,045,000. That averages to $1,379,024, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senate members in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Kaine ranked as the 59th most wealthy senator in 2012.[31] Between 2011 and 2012, Kaine‘s calculated net worth[32] increased by an average of 24 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[33]

Tim Kaine Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:24%
Average annual growth:24%[34]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[35]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Kaine is the chair of the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps. Kaine received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2011-2014, 30.56 percent of Kaine's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[36]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Tim Kaine Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $18,788,923
Total Spent $18,294,295
Chair of the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$2,116,121
Securities & Investment$700,816
Real Estate$538,444
% total in top industry11.26%
% total in top two industries21.21%
% total in top five industries30.56%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kaine was a "centrist Democratic follower" as of August 26, 2014.[37] This was the same rating Kaine received in August 2013.[38]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[39]

Kaine most often votes with:

Kaine least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Kaine missed nine of 547 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0 percent among current senators as of August 2014.[40]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Kaine was one of two members of the Senate who ranked 35th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[41]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Tim Kaine voted with the Democratic Party 92.5 percent of the time, which ranked 39th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of August 2014.[42]


Tim Kaine voted with the Democratic Party 91.7 percent of the time, which ranked 40th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2013.[43]


Kaine and his wife Anne have three children together.[44]

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  2. JTA, "Virginia’s Kaine assumes chairmanship in Senate,” accessed August 1, 2013
  3. Biography.com, "Tim Kaine Biography,” accessed August 1, 2013
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "KAINE, Timothy Michael (Tim), (1958 - )," accessed February 13, 2015
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  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  10. USA Today, "Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named syriacommitteevote
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  16. 16.0 16.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
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  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 On The Issues, "Kaine Vote Match," accessed June 27, 2014
  25. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  26. Kaine for Virginia, "Issues," accessed October 17, 2012
  27. The Hill, "Kaine announcement launches premier Senate race of 2012," accessed January 6, 2012
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 Center for Politics, "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate," accessed April 9, 2012
  29. Open Secrets, "Donor history for Tim Kaine," accessed April 25, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Kaine 2012 Election Cycle," accessed August 27, 2013
  31. OpenSecrets, "Kaine, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  32. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  33. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  34. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  35. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Sen. Tim Kaine," accessed October 2, 2014
  37. GovTrack, "Tim Kaine," accessed August 26, 2014
  38. GovTrack, "Tim Kaine," accessed August 1, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Rep. Tim Kaine," accessed August 26, 2014
  40. GovTrack, "Timothy Kaine," accessed August 26, 2014
  41. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed August 26, 2014
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  43. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  44. Kaine for Virginia, "About," accessed October 17, 2012
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Jim Webb (D)
U.S. Senate - Virginia
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Governor of Virginia
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Bob McDonnell (R)
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Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
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Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
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