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Profile: Tim Kaine, Senator for Virginia

Tim Kaine
Tim Kaine

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) serves on the armed services, budget, foreign relations and aging committees and is a ranking member of the armed services readiness subcommittee.

Kaine first entered public service in 1994 as a city council member and then mayor of Richmond before he became a lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2002 and Virginia’s 70th governor in 2006.

A U.S. senator since 2012, Kaine has helped active duty service members transition into civilian employment with the passage of the Troop Talent Act of 2013 as his first legislation.

He also serves as honorary chairman of the U.S.-Spain Council.

Kaine motioned to change the War Powers Resolution of 1973 and proposed to revise authorization for the U.S. military’s operations in response to the Islamic State group.

As member of the budget committee, he helped Congress pass a two-year budget agreement in 2013 to compensate the impacts of sequestration on the commonwealth.

A supporter of initiatives to mitigate the impact of climate change on Virginia, Kaine co-hosted a conference in 2014 to convene policymakers, experts and regional stakeholders with the goal of addressing the effect of climate change to Hampton Roads.

He studied at the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School.

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