U.S. SENATOR FOR VIRGINIA
Tim Kaine’s seat is vulnerable for a number of reasons. First, Kaine won his state by a very narrow margin in 2012 - 52.9% to the 47% of GOP candidate George Allen. Given that midterms traditionally have lower turnouts, the margin will very likely be even slimmer.
While Virginia is growing increasingly progressive, it’s still a purple state. This was indicated both by the surprisingly close turnout of the 2012 Virginia Senate Race, where Mark Warner (49.1%) was almost upset by GOP challenger Ed Gillespie (48.3%), and the close turnout in Virginia during November 2016.
Our hope is to reinforce that while Tim Kaine gained global recognition during the 2016 election cycle, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Kaine’s seat is safe. Due to Virginia’s purple state status, if a popular GOP candidate decides to take on Kaine, it would be a very tough race.
Tim Kaine has helped people throughout his life as a missionary, civil rights lawyer, teacher and elected official. He is one of 30 people in American history to have served as a Mayor, Governor and United States Senator.
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. In the Senate, he serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Foreign Relations, and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions 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.
Tim grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. He was educated at the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School and started his public service career by taking a year off from Harvard to run a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. After law school, he practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, specializing in the representation of people who had been denied housing due to their race or disability. He also began teaching part-time at the University of Richmond in 1987.
Tim is married to Anne Holton, who served as Virginia Secretary of Education from 2014 until 2016. A former legal aid lawyer and juvenile court judge, Anne previously ran Great Expectations, a program for more than 500 foster children attending Virginia community colleges. Tim and Anne revel in the adventures of their three grown children and live in the same Northside Richmond neighborhood where they moved as newlyweds more than 30 years ago. Tim loves reading, being outdoors, and playing harmonica with bluegrass bands throughout Virginia.
(Source: Tim Kaine's Senator Website)
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