Senator Tim Kaine

United States Senate

EARLY COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE
Tim grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. His parents taught him
the value of hard work and showed him how small businesses and technical skills strengthen this
country every day. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Tim started his public
service career by running a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. He
trained teenagers to become carpenters and welders, equipping them with skills to lift up
themselves and their communities. As Tim says, his work in Honduras was “a North Star” that
led to his commitment to advance job opportunities for everyone. His time there reinforced three
core values that are still a central part of his life today: “Fè, familia, y trabajo” – “Faith,
family, and work.”

FAMILY LIFE
Tim met Virginian Anne Holton at Harvard Law School and they married in 1984 in the same
church in Richmond they attend to this day. They have three adult children. Anne, a former legal
aid lawyer and juvenile court judge, served as Virginia Secretary of Education from 2014 until
2016. Before that, Anne ran Great Expectations, a program that offers tutoring, career coaching,
and other services to help young adults aging out of foster care and attending Virginia
community colleges transition to successful, independent adulthood. She now teaches education
policy and government at George Mason University – Tim calls her the best public servant he
knows. Anne’s father Linwood Holton, a former Republican Governor of Virginia, was critical
to integrating Virginia’s public schools, putting the Commonwealth on the path to progress we
see today.

EARLY CAREER
After law school, Tim practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, specializing in the representation
of people who had been denied housing due to their race, disability, or family status. In 1998,
Tim helped win one of the largest civil rights jury verdicts ever in a case involving
discrimination against minority neighborhoods by an insurance company. He also began
teaching law part-time at the University of Richmond in 1987.

ELECTED OFFICE
Tim was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city council member and four years
later, Mayor of Richmond. When he was first elected to City Council in Richmond, the city had
one of the highest homicide rates in America, and he worked with law enforcement and the
community to find solutions that brought down the rate of violent crime. He became Lieutenant
Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006. While

serving as Governor, Tim improved the education and health care systems, and by the end of his
term, leading publications ranked Virginia the best state to raise a child and the best state for
business. He visited a school in every county and city in the Commonwealth and helped Virginia
make it through the worst recession since the Great Depression. He also responded to the tragic
shooting at Virginia Tech by strengthening Virginia’s background check system and pushing his
legislature to do more to make communities safer.

IN THE SENATE
Tim was elected to the Senate in 2012 as a can-do optimist skilled in bringing people together
across old lines of party, race, or region.

Tim has spent his time in the Senate focused on improving the lives of Virginians. He has made
boosting job opportunities for everyone a top priority. As co-chair of the bipartisan Career and
Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, Tim focuses on expanding access to job-training programs
to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the
modern economy. Tim has helped lead efforts in the Senate to reduce unemployment for military
families and veterans.

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, a Senator from one of the states most closely
connected to the military, and the father of a Marine, Tim is focused on crafting smart defense
strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary war. He works to ensure that the military has the
resources it needs to keep the country safe and that servicemembers and veterans receive the
benefits and care they have earned. He has also been the leading voice against Presidents starting
wars without a vote by Congress.

Tim believes that health care is a right, not something reserved just for those who can afford it,
and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care. This includes
legislation to give Americans more options for affordable health insurance and to combat the
opioid abuse epidemic.

Tim serves on Senate Committees where he is able to work on those priorities every day for
Virginians: the Armed Services; Budget; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor, and
Pensions (HELP) Committees. He is Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness
Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia,
and Counterterrorism.