Tim Kaine: Who Is The Man Hillary Clinton Chose For Her Running Mate?

Updated on July 25, 2016

Timothy Michael Kaine, better known as Tim Kaine, is now the running mate of Hillary Clinton. The 58-year-old was a Virginia State Senator working on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee before he was chosen to run for Vice President of the United States.


Why Tim Kaine Was Chosen

Kaine was one of several men on the short list to be Clinton's running mate, but he was chosen because of the chemistry the two of them have, and that is needed in the White House. He and Clinton are known to have symbiosis, according to those who know both of them.

Kaine has done a lot for the state of Virginia, and now he intends to do a lot for the nation. Since Virginia is a battleground state, most people think Kaine will help Clinton win Virginia.

When Clinton and Kaine did their first interview together on "60 Minutes" on CBS, people couldn't help but recognize the chemistry between the two of them.

Hillary Clinton said she recognizes that Tim Kaine has never lost an election.


Tim Kaine's Track Record

Tim Kaine has a 22-year career in politics. He graduated from the University of Missouri and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School. He worked specifically with fair housing and civil right issues as an attorney in private practice. He was as a lecturer at the University of Richmond School of Law.

Clinton's choice was first elected to public office in 1994 after winning a seat on the Richmond, Virginia City Council. He was elected mayor of Richmond in1998. Then he was elected lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2002. Kaine kept moving up the political ladder when in 2005 he was elected governor of Virginia. He served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011. In 2012, he became Virgina Senator.

He is no stranger to working with Democrats because he served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.

Hillary Clinton selected Kaine as her vice presidential running mate in the 2016 presidential election on July 22, 2016 because she has confident he can help her become the next President of the United States.

Tim Kaine's Political Career

Richmond, Virginia City Council
Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Governor of Virginia
Chairman of Democratic National Convention
Virginia Senator
Vice President Nominee

Kaine spent nine months in Honduras in 1980 and 1981. He helped Jesuit missionaries organize and run a Catholic school in El Progreso. As a result of spending that amount of time in Honduras, Kaine learned to speak Spanish fluently. His knowledge of Spanish will help tremendously in the Spanish-speaking communities while out on the campaign trail.

Tim Kaine Is a Family Man

Kaine is original from Minnesota. So, how did he end up in Richmond, Virginia? While at Harvard Law School, he met Anne Bright Holton, daughter of former Virginia Governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr. In 1984, Kaine married Anne and moved to her hometown.

Holton has served as a judge for juvenile and domestic relations court in Richmond. She is now Virginia's Secretary of Education. The couple has three children. Nat, 26, Woody, 24, and Annella, 21. Nat, their oldest son, is in the United States Marines.

For the past 30 years, Kaine and his family have been members of the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond, a mostly black congregation.

On a musical note, Kaine has played the harmonica for over twenty years. He often finds time to travel with other players.


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        Margaret Minnicks 21 months ago from Richmond, VA

        I live in Richmond, Virginia where Tim Kaine and his family live. I became impressed with him during the time of the Virginia Tech shooting when 32 people were killed. So, part of me is claiming Kaine as my "home boy."

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        Cats Gee 21 months ago

        I have always thought a lot of Tim Kaine, as Governor and as a family man. He always seems to be down-to-Earth in what he has to say and in what he does, and he doesn't put on "airs" about things. He is a far better choice for vice-president than Clinton is for president, but that is just my opinion, of course.

        Good article, Margaret.