Tim Kaine

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Tim Kaine
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U.S. Senate, Virginia
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorJim Webb (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.91 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia Governor
2005-2009
Virginia Lieutenant Governor
2001-2005
Richmond Mayor
1998-2001
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri
J.D.Harvard Law School
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 26, 1958
Place of birthOverland Park, Kansas
ProfessionProfessor at the University of Richmond
Net worth$1,087,007
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Timothy Kaine (b. February 26, 1944, in Overland Park, Kansas) 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] As of July 2013, he has assumed the position of chairman of the Middle East subcommittee in the Senate.[2]

Kaine is set to run for re-election in Virginia in November of 2018.

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

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.

Biography

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

2013-2014

Kaine serves on the following Senate committees[4]:

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Kaine's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Syria authorization
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.[7][8]

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.[7]

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.[9] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). Kaine was one of the seven Democrats who approved the authorization.[10]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" 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.[11]

Economy

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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 suspended 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.[12]

Immigration

Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "No" 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.[13]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[14]

Campaign themes

2012

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."[15]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Virginia, 2012

Kaine ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Virginia.[16] 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.[17] 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.[17] According to the article, "outcome of this race will largely be determined by which party claims Virginia’s 13 electoral votes in November."[17]

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.

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

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.

Cabinet

  • 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

Polls

George Allen vs. Tim Kaine
Poll George Allen Tim KaineSome Other CandidateUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports (August 23,2012)
45%45%2%8%+/-4.5500
Rasmussen Reports (September 17,2012)
45%47%2%6%+/-4.5500
Washington Post Poll (October 26,2012)
43%51%3%4%+/-2.51,504
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

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.[18]

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

2012

Breakdown of the source of Kaine's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[19]

Cost per vote

Kaine spent $8.91 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kaine is a "centrist Democratic follower" as of August 1, 2013.[20]

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.[21]

Kaine most often votes with:

Kaine least often votes with:

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.[22]

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[23]

Voting with party

2013

Tim Kaine voted with the Democratic Party 91.7% of the time, which ranked 40 among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of July 2013.[24]

Personal

Kaine and his wife Anne have three children together.[25]

Recent news

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External links

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "Virginia Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. ‘’JTA’’ “Virginia’s Kaine assumes chairmanship in Senate,” Accessed August 1, 2013
  3. [http://www.biography.com/people/tim-kaine-338982 ‘’Biography.com’’ “Tim Kaine Biography,” Accessed August 1, 2013
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Politico, "Senate panel approves Syria measure," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. USA Today, "Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named syriacommitteevote
  10. Politico, "How Senate Foreign Relations Committee members voted on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  15. Kaine for Virginia, "Issues," Accessed October 17, 2012
  16. The Hill "Kaine announcement launches premier Senate race of 2012," Accessed January 6, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  18. Open Secrets "Donor history for Tim Kaine" Accessed April 25, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Kaine 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed August 27, 2013
  20. Gov Track "Tim Kaine," Accessed August 1, 2013
  21. OpenCongress, "Rep. Tim Kaine," Accessed August 2, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Timothy Kaine," Accessed April 11, 2013
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Kaine, (D-Virginia), 2011"
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  25. Kaine for Virginia, "About," Accessed October 17, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Webb (D)
U.S. Senate - Virginia
2013-Present
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Governor of Virginia
2005-2009
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Bob McDonnell (R)
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Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
2001-2005
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Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
1998-2001
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