[8] In 1994, Kaine was elected to the city council of the independent city of Richmond, as the member from the 2nd district. [3] The New York Times had said that Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, privately supported Kaine as his wife's vice-presidential selection. [40][43], Kaine ultimately prevailed, winning 1,025,942 votes (51.7%) to Kilgore's 912,327 (46.0%). [41][42] The final opinion polls of the race before the November election showed Kaine slightly edging ahead of Kilgore. He believes this will reduce carbon pollution. As Mayor of Richmond, City Councilman, as Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and most recently, in the U.S. Senate. He’s passed legislation to reduce veterans' unemployment, fund childhood cancer research, protect open space, provide better tools to deal with campus sexual assault, expand career and technical education, and finally obtain federal recognition for Virginia Indian tribes. [37] Libertarian Gary Reams received 28,783 votes (1.57%). [252] In February 2017, Kaine and thirty other senators signed a letter to Kaléo Pharmaceuticals in response to the opioid-overdose-reversing device Evzio rising in price from $690 in 2014 to $4,500 and requested the company answer what the detailed price structure for Evzio was, the number of devices Kaléo Pharmaceuticals set aside for donation, and the totality of federal reimbursements Evzio received in the previous year. On 11 June 2013, Kaine delivered a speech on the Senate floor in support of the bi-partisan "Gang of Eight" immigration bill. [71][72] [110] Nevertheless, Democrats lost control of the House and lost seats in the Senate amidst a Tea Party backlash. [239][240], Kaine is a firearms owner. [136][137], In the 113th Congress (2013–15), Kaine was on the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Foreign Relations. Kaine graduated from Harvard Law School with a law degree in 1983,[8] and was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1984. [59] From 2004 to 2009, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (a quasi-governmental entity set up in 1966 to preserve open land in the state) protected more land than it had in the previous forty years, a fact touted by Kaine as his term drew to a close. [126][127] According to the Washington Post, Kaine has "crafted a largely progressive record as a senator. [289] Following his selection by Clinton as a running mate in 2016, Kaine was praised by the National Organization for Women. [29][30], On several occasions, Kaine voted in opposition to tax increases, and supported a tax abatement program for renovated buildings, which was credited for a housing renovation boom in the city. [256], Kaine supports President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs,[257] which would allow up to five million undocumented immigrants to gain deferral of deportation and authorization to legally work in the United States. "[19] In the early part of his term, Kaine issued an apology for the city's role in slavery;[29][32] the apology was generally well received as "a genuine, heartfelt expression. [3][5][6][7] Kaine's family moved to Overland Park, Kansas, when Kaine was two years old, and he grew up in the Kansas City area. "[176] The letter prompted criticism from progressives who viewed it as anti-regulation. Kaine joined the race after state senator Emily Couric dropped out due to pancreatic cancer and endorsed Kaine as her replacement. Kaine won in an uncontested Democratic primary, and faced Republican Attorney General Jerry Kilgore in the general election. [21][22] He defeated the incumbent City Councilman Benjamin P. A. Warthen by 97 votes. Kaine filmed announcement videos in English and Spanish. [86][87], Kaine and most legislative Democrats opposed the Republican legislation, stating that it was inadequate to address traffic congestion and that the withdrawal of funds from the general fund would affect core services such as health care, law enforcement, and education. After becoming governor, Kaine gave the Democratic response to the 2006 State of the Union Address. 1990),[9] Linwood Michael ("Woody") (b. [170], After taking an early lead in his race against Stewart, Kaine worked to support other Democrats who, in seven districts, were challenging incumbent Republicans for House seats. This is not Mike Pence’s first vice-presidential campaign debate. [208] He has supported expanded background checks for weapons purchases as well as "restrictions on the sale of combat-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. "[180] Kaine supports some legal restrictions on abortion, such as requiring parental consent for minors (with a judicial bypass procedure) and banning late-term abortions in cases where the woman's life is not at risk. [9], After graduating from law school, Kaine was a law clerk for Judge R. Lanier Anderson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in Macon, Georgia. [50] The Republican ad was denounced by the editorial boards of the Washington Post and a number of Virginia newspapers as a "smear" and "dishonest. [22], Kaine was sworn in as governor at the colonial Capitol at Williamsburg, on January 14, 2006, the first governor since Thomas Jefferson to be inaugurated there. [144] Kaine and Portman co-chair the caucus. [210], In 2015, Kaine expressed support for the Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes in Yemen against Houthi forces fighting the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi,[211] but in 2018, Kaine was one of seven senators to sign a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing that they found it "difficult to reconcile known facts with at least two" of the Trump administration's certifications that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were attempting to protect Yemeni civilians and were in compliance with U.S. laws on arms sales, citing an inconsistency with a memo from Pompeo to Congress expressly stating that on some occasions the Saudi and Emirates governments had failed to adopt measures to reduce civilian casualties. [19], Kaine is fluent in Spanish as a result of his nine months in Honduras. [151] On July 22, 2016, she announced Kaine would be her running mate in the election. "[89], Under Kaine, participation in Virginia in early childhood education increased by 40.2% due to Kaine's expansion of the Virginia Preschool Initiative, which makes pre-kindergarten more accessible to four-year-olds from households close to the poverty line. Kaine received his B.A. On July 22, 2016, he was picked to be Hillary Clinton's running mate for the 2016 presidential election. Depending on the circumstances, democracies should either "confront," "compete," or "cooperate" with autocracies. [67][68] Kaine expressed "some qualms" about the legislation and pushed for a strong opt-out provision,[67] ultimately signing a bill that included a provision allowing parents to opt out of the requirement without citing a reason. CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (. [168], After the 2016 election, Kaine said he would run for re-election to the Senate in 2018. As governor, Kaine approved about $3.31 billion in general fund spending cuts. [1][9] At Rockhurst, Kaine joined the debate team and was elected student body president. In it, Kaine criticized the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act for "wreaking havoc on local school districts"; criticized congressional Republicans for cutting student loan programs; and condemned as "reckless" Bush's spending increases and tax cuts. The commission members included specialists in psychology, law, forensics and higher education as well as former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. [288] However, Kaine supports Virginia's longstanding "right-to-work" law, which "frees union nonmembers from any legal obligation to pay fees to a union that bargains collectively on their behalf". [302][303], He plays the harmonica[304][305] and often travels with several. In 2008, Kaine backed a $22 million proposal in the Virginia General Assembly to make pre-kindergarten education more accessible to at-risk four-year-olds. Senator from Virginia 2. "[203] By August 2016, Kaine stated his support for a ban on offshore drilling, bringing his position in line with that of Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration. SAGAL: Tim Kaine has represented Virginia in the U.S. Senate since 2013, and he was, prior to that, governor of the commonwealth. "[190][191] Some of the vetoes were overridden, while others were sustained. [261], In 2006, Kaine campaigned against an amendment to the Virginia State Constitution to ban same-sex marriage,[262] and in March 2013, Kaine announced his support of same-sex marriage. [19][20] The final opinion polls of the race before the November election showed Kaine slightly edging ahead of Kilgore. [237][238] In October 2015, Kaine criticized Obama's approach to the Syrian Civil War, saying that the establishment of humanitarian no-fly zones would have alleviated the humanitarian crisis in Syria. In it, Kaine criticized the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act for "wreaking havoc on local school districts"; criticized congressional Republicans for cutting student loan programs; and condemned as "reckless" Bush's spending increases and tax cuts.[30]. Tim Cain is a man of deep faith. [188] Kaine said: "I really struggled with [capital punishment] as Governor. [19][302] As of 2016, Kaine and his wife had been congregants of the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond, a mostly black congregation, for 30 years. 1992),[9][301] and Annella (b. Richmond was named one of "the 10 best cities in America to do business" by Forbes magazine during Kaine's term. "Tim Kaine Recalled for Commitment to Richmond's African-Americans". [111], In February 2011, after Kaine spoke to union leaders in Madison, Organizing for America got involved in Wisconsin's budget battle and opposed Republican-sponsored anti-union legislation. [2] Kaine is fluent in Spanish as a result of his nine months in Honduras. "[254], In August 2019, Kaine was one of nineteen Democratic senators to sign a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting data from the Trump administration on the consequences for healthcare if Texas prevailed in its lawsuit seeking to gut the Affordable Care Act. "[208][241] As governor, Kaine oversaw the closing of loopholes in Virginia law that allowed some who had failed background checks to purchase guns. In February 2017, Kaine and thirty other senators signed a letter to Kaléo Pharma… [298] After serving as first lady of Virginia during her husband's term, she was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe in January 2014 to be Virginia's secretary of education,[298][299] and held that position until July 2016, when she stepped down after her husband was named as the Democratic vice presidential candidate. [283] As governor, Kaine pushed through a $100 million open-space acquisition initiative. [195] Based on his votes on environmental issues in the Senate, the League of Conservation Voters has given Kaine a 95% score for 2018, and a 94% lifetime score. [17][24], On July 1, 1998, Kaine was elected Mayor of Richmond, succeeding Larry Chavis. [260], In July 2019, Kaine and fifteen other Senate Democrats introduced the Protecting Sensitive Locations Act, a bill to mandate that ICE agents get approval from a supervisor before undertaking an immigration raid or other enforcement actions at "sensitive locations" (schools, hospitals, places of worship, and courthouses) with the exception of special circumstances. Senator Tim Kaine issued a statement saying that he and his wife tested positive for coronavirus antibodies and might have had mild cases of COVID-19 earlier this year. "[25] The New York Times wrote that Kaine "was by all accounts instrumental in bridging the city's racial divide. [194], Kaine has expressed concern about sea level rise (a major consequence of climate change),[146] and in particular its effect on coastal Virginia. [44], Kaine emphasized fiscal responsibility and a centrist message. [102] Obama ultimately selected Biden to become the vice-presidential nominee. [34] Kaine defeated former Senator and Governor George Allen in the general election. [228], In January 2020, Kaine introduced a new war powers resolution which would prohibit the US from entering hostilities against Iran within 30 days unless they are responding to an imminent threat. "[110] In the 2010 midterms, the DNC under Kaine's leadership outraised the Republican National Committee (RNC) by some $30 million. 1998-2001: Mayor of Richmond [43], The campaign turned sharply negative in its final weeks, with Kilgore running television attack ads that claimed, incorrectly, that Kaine believed that "Hitler doesn't qualify for the death penalty. [270], In October 2018, Kaine was one of twenty senators to sign a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to reverse the State Department's policy of denying visas to same-sex partners of LGBTQ diplomats who had unions which were not recognized by their home countries, writing that the Trump administration's refusal to allow LGBTQ diplomats to bring their partners to the U.S. was tantamount to upholding the "discriminatory policies of many countries around the world. [112], After completing his term as governor in January 2010, Kaine taught part-time at the University of Richmond, teaching a course in spring 2010 at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and another in fall 2010 at the University of Richmond School of Law. [135][136] The same month, Kaine delivered an address on "The Truman Doctrine at 70" at London's Chatham House. 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He later became the 51st Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, serving from 2009 to 2011. [169] He added that he would not run for president or vice president in the future. [197][198] Kaine supports exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to other countries. in economics from the University of Missouri in 1979. [142], Within the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Kaine is a member of the Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development (for which he is the ranking member), the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, the Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, and the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women's Issues. [149][150], The New York Times reported that Clinton's husband, former president Bill Clinton, privately backed Kaine as his wife's vice-presidential selection, noting his domestic and national security résumé. Tim Kaine's Convocation remarks, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, "Ban on Sale Of Guns to Mentally Ill Is Expanded", "A look at the Virginia Senate candidates' records as governor", Possible Hillary VP pick Tim Kaine brings solid economic record, Tim Kaine says he cut $5 billion in spending as governor, "Tim Kaine says Virginia named best managed state, best for business while he was governor", "Donald Trump says Tim Kaine proposed $4 billion tax increase during first week as governor", Va. [21] Kaine won, winning 1,025,942 votes (51.7%) to Kilgore's 912,327 (46.0%). [175] FiveThirtyEight characterizes him as a "mainstream Democrat" and notes that his ideology score is very similar to that of Vice President Joe Biden. 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