Tim Kaine: Everything You Need to Know

The U.S. Senator from Virginia was elected in 2012.

ByJessica Hopper
July 22, 2016, 8:11 PM

— -- Name: Tim Kaine

Party: Democrat

Date of Birth: Feb. 26, 1958

Age: 58

What He Does Now: U.S. Senator from Virginia. Elected in 2012. Serves on Armed Services, Budget, Foreign Relations and Aging Committees.

What He Used to Do: Kaine served as Democratic National Committee chairman from 2009 to 2011. He served as governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, as lieutenant governor from 2002 to 2006, and as mayor of Richmond from 1998 to 2001. He was first elected to office in 1994 as a Richmond City Council member. He has said he ran for council because he thought the governing body was too racially divided. He got his start as a lawyer handling civil rights and fair-housing cases as well as representing death row inmates. He attended the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School.

Hometown: Born in St. Paul, Minnesota but raised in a Kansas City suburb

Family Tree: Kaine was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Albert and Kathleen Kaine. He is the eldest of three boys. He was raised in Kansas City where his father owned a metalworking shop. His mother was a home economics teacher. He met his wife Anne Holton at Harvard Law School. They married in November 1984 and have three children: Nat, Woody and Annella. Kaine’s father-in-law, A. Linwood Holton, is the former Republican governor of Virginia, and Kaine has called him his "political mentor." Kaine’s wife, Anne, is currently the Virginia secretary of education.

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