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Tim Kaine

Assumed office 
January 21, 2009
Deputy Mike Honda,
Linda Chavez-Thompson,
Debbie Wasserman Schultz,
Donna Brazile
Preceded by Howard Dean

In office
January 14, 2006 – January 16, 2010
Lieutenant William T. Bolling
Preceded by Mark Warner
Succeeded by Bob McDonnell

In office
January 14, 2002 – January 14, 2006
Governor Mark Warner
Preceded by John H. Hager
Succeeded by William T. Bolling

In office
Preceded by Larry E. Chavis
Succeeded by Rudolph McCollum Jr.

Member of the Richmond City Council
In office

Born February 26, 1958 (1958-02-26) (age 52)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anne Holton
Children Nat Kaine
Woody Kaine
Annella Kaine
Residence Richmond, Virginia
Alma mater University of Missouri
Harvard Law School
Profession Lawyer
Religion Catholic

Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine (born February 26, 1958) was the 70th Governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010, and is the current chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was elected governor in 2005, after serving as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and Mayor of Richmond, Virginia.

As governor, he was a member of the National Governors Association, the Southern Governors' Association, and the Democratic Governors Association. Before entering into Virginia politics, Kaine was a lawyer in Richmond, Virginia, and worked with the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) as a Catholic missionary in Honduras. Kaine endorsed the Democratic nominee, now President Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election and was considered a possible choice to be Obama's running mate, but was not ultimately chosen.[1] Virginia State law does not allow the governor to succeed himself; therefore Governor Kaine was not permitted to run for re-election after his first term in office.


Early life and education

Kaine was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Mary Kathleen (née Burns) and Albert A. Kaine, a welder and the owner of a small iron-working shop.[2][3] Kaine grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kaine graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in economics in 1979.[4] He attended Harvard Law School, taking a year-long break during law school to work with the Jesuit order as a Catholic missionary in Honduras.[5] Kaine is fluent in Spanish from his time in Honduras.[6] He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1983, and was admitted to the Virginia Bar. In 1984, Kaine married former Richmond Juvenile Court Judge Anne Holton. Holton is the daughter of former Virginia governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr.. Kaine and Holton have three children, Nat, Woody, and Annella.

Kaine practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, specializing in representing people who had been denied housing opportunities because of their race or disability. He was recognized by local, state, and national organizations for his fair housing advocacy. He also taught legal ethics for six years at the University of Richmond Law School.[7] More than ten years into his legal career in 1994, he was elected to the city council of the independent city of Richmond from the portion of the city in which he resided under Richmond's system of nine wards.

Mayor of Richmond

He was elected mayor of Richmond by the city council (which until 2004 chose the mayor from among its membership) in 1998. 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 and implement a controversial gun law known as Project Exile.[8]

More controversial still was the use by Kaine of taxpayer funds to influence congress via the Million Mom March in 2000. Kaine used nearly $7,000 to pay for buses and to throw a party at the city's Arthur Ashe Center for about 400 Richmonders recruited for the march.[9][10]

Lieutenant Governor

In the Virginia general elections of November, 2001, Kaine ran for lieutenant governor and won with 925,974 votes (50.35%).[11] His opponents were Republican Jay Katzen with 883,886 votes, (48.06%), and Libertarian Gary Reams with 28,783 votes (1.57%). Kaine was inaugurated on January 12, 2002. As lieutenant governor, he served as president of the Virginia Senate.

Gubernatorial election

Tim Kaine at the Buena Vista
Labor Day Parade

In 2005, Kaine ran for and won the office of governor of Virginia in the November general election, defeating Republican former Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore by a margin of 52–46 percent.[citation needed] Kaine said he would look to retain the tax and education policies of his predecessor, Mark Warner, and keep the budget balanced.[citation needed] He held a series of statewide "town hall" meetings focused on transportation.

An underdog for most of the race, Kaine led in some polls for the first time in October 2005, and held his lead into the final week before the election.[12] 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 areas such as Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and the Northern Virginia exurbs of Prince William County and Loudoun County, as well as impressive showings in Democratic strongholds such as Richmond and Norfolk.[13]

Kaine closely associated himself with popular outgoing Democratic Governor Mark Warner during his campaign; he won his race with a slightly smaller portion of the vote than Warner did, but achieved a slightly wider margin on account of the third-party candidate's comparatively greater success in 2005. He promised homeowner tax relief, centrist fiscal leadership and universal pre-kindergarten.[citation needed]. A number of factors, from the poll numbers of President George W. Bush to public reaction to the death penalty ads run by Kilgore, have also been cited as key to his decisive win.[14][15] 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 building in Richmond was under renovation at the time, with the process completed in mid-2007.

Governor of Virginia

Tim Kaine, 5th from the right,
along with Virginia Tech officials, receives a donation to the Virginia Tech memorial fund from East Carolina University given during the Hokies' 2007 football home opener
Democratic response to State of the Union address

On January 31, 2006, he gave the Democratic response to President Bush's 2006 State of the Union address. In his response, he argued that the Republicans failed to support bipartisanship in Washington and condemned Bush's spending increases and tax cuts as "reckless".[16]

Budget special session

In March 2006, after the Virginia General Assembly failed to create a budget, Governor Kaine called for a special session that continued 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, however, a transportation bill was passed and signed into law by Kaine.[citation needed]


In May 2006, Governor Kaine announced his plan to conserve 400,000 acres (1,600 km2) of Virginia real property from development before the end of his administration as Governor of Virginia.[17] The Commonwealth of Virginia's landowners favor land conservation although Virginia lags behind other states' per capita expenditures on land conservation.[18] As of 2007, according to government statistics, Maryland spends as much as $21 per capita on land conservation, while Virginia spends $1.45.[19] On the other hand, Virginia also has a higher proportion of its total land area under permanent protection than many other states, with about 13.69% of it currently protected.[20]


In June 2006, Kaine signed an executive order banning smoking in all government buildings and state-owned cars.[21] 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.[22]

HPV vaccinations

Kaine has signaled his support for vaccinating sixth-grade girls in Virginia with the HPV vaccine. In 2007, Virginia, along with 20 other states, was considering a law to expand such vaccinations. As such, in 2007, the Republican-controlled state legislature passed a law that mandated such vaccinations, while allowing parents to opt out of the requirement without citing a reason. After expressing "some qualms", Kaine signed the bill into law.[23]

Gov. Kaine with U.S. Senators
John Warner and George Allen
Virginia Tech massacre

When news of the Virginia Tech massacre broke, Kaine canceled a trade mission to Japan and India to attend to the situation.[citation needed] Kaine spoke at the convocation held in Blacksburg the day after the shooting in which he invoked the Biblical story of Job.[citation needed] Kaine said he would appoint a panel of independent law enforcement officials to examine what the university knew about the student responsible for the massacre, which killed 32 people. The commission, led by former Virginia State Police Superintendent Gerald Massengill and former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, began work on April 28, 2007, and issued their findings and recommendations on August 30, 2007. On April 30, 2007 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.[24] Appearing alongside Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R), Kaine said the order would help prevent people like the shooter from illegally obtaining firearms in the future.


In July 2007, Kaine stepped in to support an above-ground solution to the debate on building the Silver Line of the Washington Metro through Tysons Corner. Some people disagreed and preferred a tunnel.[25] During the 2008 General Assembly session, Governor Kaine backed $22 million expansion to increase the accessibility of Pre-K education for at-risk four-year-olds.[26]

Omeish resignation

Kaine appointed Dr. Esam Omeish to the Virginia Commission on Immigration, which was examining whether Virginia should do more to restrict illegal immigration. In September 2007, Omeish resigned as a commission member—as requested by Kaine—three hours after remarks Omeish made were brought to Kaine's attention on a radio call-in show on WRVA radio in Richmond. "That is news to me, what you say, and it's something we will check out," Kaine told the caller.[27][28] Omeish appeared in one video telling a crowd of Washington-area Muslims: "you have learned the way, that you have known that the jihad way is the way to liberate your land." He appeared in another video screaming to a boisterous crowd: "We must prosecute those who are responsible for this war. Impeach Bush today! Let us cleanse our State Department, our Congress, our Pentagon of those who have driven America into this colossal mistake." Omeish also appeared in a video of an August 12, 2006, rally in Washington near the White House denouncing Israel's invasion of Lebanon and the "Israeli war machine." He also accused Israel of genocide and massacres against Palestinians, and said the "Israeli agenda" controls Congress.[29][30] "I have been made aware of certain statements he has made which concern me," Kaine said while accepting Omeish's resignation. Kaine added that background checks would be more thorough in the future.[31]

Coal power plant

Kaine earned opposition from environmentalists for supporting a coal-fired power plant in Wise County[32] that will emit an estimated 5.4 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.[33] In a radio interview, Kaine said "We are not going to eliminate coal, a native source that we have, as one of the sources that will power our country."



  • Chief of Staff — William Leighty (2006–07), Wayne Turnage (2007–10)
  • Secretary of Administration – Viola Baskerville (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry – Robert Bloxom (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Commerce and Trade – Patrick Gottschalk (2006–10)
  • Secretary of the Commonwealth – Katherine Hanley (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Education – Thomas Morris (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Finance – Jody Wagner (2006–2008), Richard D. Brown (2008–10)
  • Secretary of Health and Human Resources – Marilyn Tavenner (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Natural Resources – Preston Bryant (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Public Safety – John W. Marshall (2006–10)
  • Secretary of Technology – Aneesh Chopra (2006–09), Leonard M. Pomata (2009–10)
  • Secretary of Transportation – Pierce Homer (2006–10)
  • Assistant for Commonwealth Preparedness – Robert P. Crouch (2006–10)
  • Senior Advisor for Workforce – Daniel G. LeBlanc (2006–10)

Political positions

Despite his personal opposition to capital punishment, often cited during the 2005 campaign by both sides, he oversaw eleven executions as Governor, including the execution of John Allen Muhammad, the Beltway Sniper on November 10, 2009. He has vetoed eight death penalty expansion bills although some of the vetoes were overturned,[34][35] and opposed the electric chair as an option.[36] On June 9, 2008, Kaine commuted the death sentence of Percy Levar Walton to life in prison without parole.[37]

Tim Kaine has stated he is personally opposed to abortion[38] but he opposes overturning Roe v. Wade. He supports restrictions on abortion, such as requiring parental consent and banning so-called partial-birth abortions in cases where the woman's life is not at risk.[39]

Kaine stated his position on marriage and gay rights as such:

“Marriage between a man and a woman is the building block of the family and a keystone of our civil society. It has been so for centuries in societies around the world. I cannot agree with a court decision suddenly declaring that marriage must now be redefined to include unions between people of the same gender.

“Virginia defines marriage as being between a man and a woman and I strongly support that law. Regardless of the court ruling today in another state, I am confident that there is nothing in the Virginia or federal constitutions that would require Virginia to alter its longstanding policy about marriage.”

"“I do not support any change in the institution of marriage. I do not support the creation of civil unions, but I do believe that gays and lesbians should be able to contract with one another, and we should respect those contracts in Virginia law, just as we respect any contracts.

“And finally in the area of adoption. Virginia has adoption laws right now that I agree with. The adoption laws say the only couple that is allowed to adopt is a married couple.” [40]

Kaine supports some smart growth-style policies to manage sprawl and transportation issues; he refers to these plans as "balanced growth."[41]

2008 Vice Presidential speculation

Barack Obama campaigned for
Tim Kaine in 2005 for the
gubernatorial election

Kaine endorsed Senator Barack Obama early in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. Kaine's support of Senator Obama's presidential bid began in February 2007. Kaine's endorsement was claimed to be the first from a state-wide elected official outside of Illinois.[42] As a relatively popular governor of a southern state, there was media speculation that Kaine was a potential nominee for Vice President.[43] Obama had supported Kaine in his campaign for governor and said about him: "Tim Kaine has a message of fiscal responsibility and generosity of spirit. That kind of message can sell anywhere."[44] On July 28, 2008, Politico.com reported that Kaine was "very, very high" on Obama's shortlist for vice president,[45] a list which also included then Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana and Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware.[46] Obama ultimately tapped Biden to become the vice-presidential nominee.[47]

Electoral history

Virginia Gubernatorial Election 2005
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tim Kaine 1,025,942 51.7
Republican Jerry Kilgore 912,327 46.0
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Election 2001
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tim Kaine 925,974 50.4
Republican Jay K. Katzen 883,886 48.0
Libertarian Gary Reams 28,783 1.6
Richmond City Council Election (2nd District), May 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Tim Kaine 931 87.4
Independent Donald G. Hatcher 120 11.3


  1. ^ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26336195/
  2. ^ Nuckols, Christina (2005-10-16). "Profile: Who is Timothy M. Kaine?". The Virginian-Pilot (Landmark Communications). Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Governor Tim Kaine". Kids Commonwealth. Commonwealth of Virginia. http://www.kidscommonwealth.virginia.gov/CapitolLife/KaineBio.asp. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  4. ^ New Jersey, Senate & Presidential Elections 2008 Results & Polls – NJ.com
  5. ^ Kaine ponders move out of politics – News – inRich.com
  6. ^ Fox, Andy (July 29, 2008). "Va. Gov. Tim Kaine possible presidential running mate". My Fox Hampton Roads. http://www.myfoxhamptonroads.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7092208&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  7. ^ Official Site of the Governor of Virginia
  8. ^ Sinclair, Melissa (2005-10-12). "Is Kaine Able?". Style Weekly (Landmark Communications Inc.). http://www.styleweekly.com/article.asp?idarticle=11159. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  9. ^ “On Kaine the uniter, views split” Richmond Times-Dispatch, August 03, 2008. Retrieved on September 25, 2008.
  10. ^ [“Richmond Subsidizes Buses for Million Mom Marchers”, Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 17, 2000]. Retrieved on September 25, 2008.
  11. ^ Official Election Results – Virginia State Board of Elections
  12. ^ VA: Kaine 49% Kilgore 46% – Rasmussen Reports, November 4, 2005
  13. ^ Shear, Michael D. (October 18, 2005). "Kaine Sounds Slow-Growth Note in Exurbs". Washington Post.
  14. ^ "Death penalty demagoguery". (October 13, 2005). The Roanoke Times.
  15. ^ "RealClear Politics – 2005 Virginia Gubernatorial Election". Retrieved November 4, 2005.
  16. ^ Democratic Response to George W. Bush's Sixth State of the Union Address
  17. ^ Regional Parks: Governor Kaine sets aggressive land conservation goal
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ Roanoke Times. Retrieved March 4, 2008.
  20. ^ Virginia Land Conservation Statistics, by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved March 4, 2008.
  21. ^ Tim Kaine Homepage
  22. ^ Tim Kaine Homepage
  23. ^ Craig, Tim (March 3, 2007). "Kaine Says He'll Sign Bill Making Shots Mandatory". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/02/AR2007030200117.html. 
  24. ^ Tim Craig (2007-05-01). "Ban on Sale Of Guns to Mentally Ill Is Expanded". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/30/AR2007043000556.html?hpid=moreheadlines. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  25. ^ Alec MacGillis (2006-09-07). "No Tunnel For Tysons, Kaine Says". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/06/AR2006090601340.html. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  26. ^ Tim Kaine Official Website (2008-08-06). "Southside Child Development Tour". Commonwealth of Virginia. http://www.governor.virginia.gov/. Retrieved 2008-08-06. 
  27. ^ Craig, Tim, "Republicans Seize on Muslim Appointment", Washington Post, October 4, 2007, accessed December 9, 2009
  28. ^ Lewis, Bob, "Va. Appointee Quits Over Video Showing Him Urging ‘the Jihad Way'," The New York Sun, September 27, 2007, accessed December 9, 2009
  29. ^ "Virginia Governor Tim Kaine Accepts Resignation of Controversial Appointee", FOX News, September 27, 2007, accessed December 9, 2009
  30. ^ Stealth jihad: how radical Islam is subverting America without guns or bombs, Robert Spencer, Regnery Publishing, 2008, ISBN 1-59698-556-9, 9781596985568, accessed December 9, 2009
  31. ^ "Immigration official resigns after 'jihad' remark; Muslim appointee to immigration panel seen in video condemning Israel", Associated Press, September 27, 2007, accessed December 9, 2009
  32. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/29/AR2008032901844.html
  33. ^ http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/campaigns/campaign_detail.cfm?id=75
  34. ^ Recent Legislative Activity
  35. ^ Recent legislative Activity
  36. ^ Kaine: Electrocution Should Not be Execution Option
  37. ^ Gov. Kaine commutes Percy Walton’s death sentence, WSLS News, June 9, 2008. Accessed on 2008-07-28.
  38. ^ Tim Kaine on Abortion, www.OnTheIssues.org
  39. ^ "Kaine: Keep Roe, Hussein Needed to Go". Political Radar (ABC News). July 31, 2008. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/07/kaine-keep-roe.html. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  40. ^ [2]
  41. ^ http://www.dlc.org/ndol_ci.cfm?contentid=253735&kaid=106&subid=122
  42. ^ YouTube – Gov. Tim Kaine Supports Barack Obama
  43. ^ Vice President pool swimming with governors – National, Michigan State & Local Elections 2008 News & Polls – MLive.com
  44. ^ Vetting Obama's 'man' Washington Times August 3, 2008
  45. ^ Kaine very high on Obama's short VP list- Politico. Accessed on 2008-07-28.
  46. ^ http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/candidates/vice-presidents.html
  47. ^ http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/08/23/biden.democrat.vp.candidate/index.html

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Political offices
Preceded by
Larry E. Chavis
Mayor of Richmond
Succeeded by
Rudolph McCollum Jr.
Preceded by
John H. Hager
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Under Governor Mark Warner

January 14, 2002 – January 14, 2006
Succeeded by
William T. Bolling
Preceded by
Mark Warner
Governor of Virginia
January 14, 2006 – January 16, 2010
Succeeded by
Bob McDonnell
Party political offices
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Lewis F. Payne, Jr.
Democratic Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
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Leslie Larkin Byrne
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Mark Warner
Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Virginia
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Creigh Deeds
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