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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Kaine missed 2 of 94 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013.  This amounts to 2.1%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/timothy_kaine/412582 ''GovTrack,'' "Timothy Kaine," Accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Kaine missed 2 of 94 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013.  This amounts to 2.1%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/timothy_kaine/412582 ''GovTrack,'' "Timothy Kaine," Accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>

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Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine.png
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
Virginia Governor
Virginia Lieutenant Governor
Richmond Mayor
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$1,087,007
Office website
Campaign website
Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine (b. February 26, 1958) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Virginia. Kaine was first elected to the Senate in 2012.[1]


Kaine was the 70th Governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010. He is a member of and the current chairman of the Democratic Party. He is married to former Richmond Juvenile Court Judge Anne Holton, the daughter of A. Linwood Holton Jr., a former Virginia Governor. Kaine and Holton have three children. Following Thomas Jefferson's son-in-law Thomas Mann Randolph Jr., Kaine is the second son-in-law of a Virginia Governor to become governor in his own right. Following his handling in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech Massacre, in May 2007, he was currently the most popular governor in the nation with a 69% approval rating, as well as being one of the most popular Virginia governors in recent history.

After serving his time as Governor, Kaine served as Chair of the Democratic National Committee. In April of 2011, he announced his candidacy to represent Virginia in the Senate in 2012.

Committee Assignments

U.S. Senate


Kaine serves on the following Senate committees[2]:


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."[3]



See also: United States Senate elections in Virginia, 2012

Kaine ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Virginia.[4] He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated George Allen (R) in the general election.[1]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[5] 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 is the Senate seat in Virginia.[5] According to the article, "outcome of this race will largely be determined by which party claims Virginia’s 13 electoral votes in November."[5]

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"

Education and early career

Kaine was born in St. Paul, Minnesota to Mary Kathleen Burns and Albert A. Kaine, a worker and welder. Kaine grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from Rockhurst High School, the University of Missouri–Columbia and Harvard Law School, taking a year-long absence during law school to work with Catholic missionaries in Honduras. Following a career as an attorney in private practice, Kaine was elected to the city council of Richmond, Virginia. He would later be elected mayor of Richmond by the city council, which until 2004 chose the mayor from among its membership. He spent a total of seven years on the city council, including his time as mayor. As mayor, Kaine was credited with helping to create the gun law Project Exile.

Lieutenant Governor

In 2001, Kaine was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, serving under Governor Mark Warner. Garnering 50% of the vote, he defeated Republican Jay Katzen (with 48% of the vote). He was inaugurated on January 12 2002. As Lieutenant Governor, he served as President of the Senate of Virginia.

2005 Virginia election

In 2005, Kaine ran for and won the seat of Governor of Virginia in the November general election, defeating Republican former Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore by a margin of 52% to 46%; Republican State Senator Russ Potts, who ran as an independent and was considered a long shot, received 2% of the vote. Kaine has said he will look to retain Warner's tax and educational policies, and keep the budget balanced, and soon launched a statewide series of town halls focused on transportation.

An underdog for most of the race, Kaine overtook Kilgore in some polls for the first time in October 2005, and held his lead into the final week before the election, despite a notable barrage of negative advertising against him by the Kilgore campaign. 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 exurbs like Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Prince William County and Loudoun County in Northern Virginia as well as impressive showings in Democratic strongholds like Richmond and Norfolk.

Kaine closely associated himself with popular outgoing Democratic Governor Mark Warner during his campaign, and won his race by a slightly larger margin than Warner. He promised homeowner tax relief, and centrist fiscal leadership but also proposed a large-budget program guaranteeing pre-kindergarten education for any family that wants it. A number of factors, from the sagging poll numbers of President George W. Bush to a public disgust over the death penalty ads run by Kilgore, have also been cited as key to his decisive win. Kaine was inaugurated in Williamsburg on January 14 2006. This makes Kaine the first Governor since Thomas Jefferson (in 1779) to be inaugurated in Virginia's colonial capital. Virginia's Capitol in Richmond is under renovation, which is expected to be completed in 2007.

Kaine supports smart growth, which proponents say concentrates economic growth. Critics argue it will make the reduction of urban sprawl and highway traffic a priority over economic growth.

Governor of Virginia

As Governor, he was a member of the National Governors Association, the Southern Governors' Association, and the Democratic Governors Association. On January 31, 2006, he gave the Democratic response to President Bush's 2006 State of the Union address. In Democratic response to his response, he decried the Republicans' lack of bipartisanship in Washington, and proclaimed, "There is a better way." He condemned Bush's spending and tax cuts as "reckless."

Despite his personal opposition to capital punishment, he has so far overseen three executions as governor as of August 2006. He has, however, spoken in favor of declaring a moratorium on the death penalty "until it's fair."

In March of 2006, after the General Assembly failed to create a budget, Governor Kaine called for a special session that didn't end until June. The debate was over Transportation issues and how to fund current and new projects. Most of the debate came from a battle within the Republican controlled Senate and House of Delegates. In 2007, Kaine signed into law a transportation funding and planning plan designed and shepherded through the General Assembly by the Republican Speaker of the House, William Howell.

On May 23, 2007, the Roanoke Times and other Virginia newspapers reported that the Kaine Administration ran a $300 million budget deficit. Kaine reportedly instructed agency heads to reduce spending.

In June 2006, Kaine signed an executive order banning smoking in all government buildings and state-owned cars. He also announced that Virginia will be the first state in the Union to digitize records from the Civil War Era Freedman's Bureau. This will open up research in African-American history after the Civil War.

In the 2006 elections, Kaine supported Democratic Senate Candidate Jim Webb. Kaine also opposed an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that would define marriage as that between one man and one woman, though he has publicly stated that he personally opposes same-sex marriage.

Kaine endorsed, and strongly supported, the 2008 presidential campaign of Democratic U.S. Senator Barack Obama.

Kaine has given his support for the mandatory vaccinating of 6th grade girls in Virginia with the HPV vaccine and has recently signed a bill to that effect. He has dismissed all criticism, saying that the bill should resolve all of the concerns.

Virginia Tech massacre

When news of the Virginia Tech Massacre broke, Kaine aborted a trade mission to Japan and India to attend to the situation. In a convocation speech after he returned, Kaine said he would appoint a panel of independent law enforcement officials to examine what the university knew about Cho and how it dealt with his rampage, which killed 32 students and faculty. The commission led by a former state police chief and former governor and homeland security secretary Tom Ridge began work on April 28th. On April 30, 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.[1] Appearing alongside Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R), Kaine said the order will help prevent people like the shooter from legally obtaining firearms in the future.


  • 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


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.

Campaign donors


Tim Kaine Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[6]April 17, 2012$3,336,915.89$2,230,284$(1,037,232.09)$4,529,967.80
July Quarterly[7]July 17, 2012$2,514,786.67$1,732,847.37$(1,523,157.31)$2,724,476.73
October Quarterly[8]October 15, 2012$2,724,476.73$4,430,679.72$(6,172,547.28)$982,609.17
Running totals


Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Kaine missed 2 of 94 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.1%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[9]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Kaine's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $667,015 and $1,507,000. That averages to $1,087,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450.[10]


Kaine and his wife Anne have three children together.[11]

External links


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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Webb
U.S. Senate - Virginia
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
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