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NLC Honorary Co-Chair Sen. Tim Kaine


Tim was elected to the Senate in 2012. In the Senate, he serves on the Armed Services, Budget, Foreign Relations and Aging Committees and is Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee.

Tim is a founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, which focuses on improving access to CTE programs to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century. Tim also supports expanding economic opportunity for all through infrastructure investment, immigration reform and smart strategies to expand affordable health care access.

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. He also began teaching part-time at the University of Richmond in 1987.

Tim was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city councilmember and then Mayor of Richmond. He became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006. Tim was Chair of the Southern Governors’ Association from 2008 – 2009 and Chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 – 2011.

Tim is married to Anne Holton, who currently serves as Virginia Secretary of Education. 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.

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Originally published on June 2, 2016 on by Chris Horne.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAVY) – Senator Tim Kaine is supporting legislation that would increase funding for research into gun violence and broaden the use of background checks.

Kaine made the announcement on Thursday, which is also National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Sen. Kaine says the legislation will provide $10 million each year thru 2021 for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC would then use the money to conduct, or support, research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.

Originally Published on May 24th, 2016 by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine delivered the keynote address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ event, “Cybersecurity After Information Sharing,” in which he argued that unanswered doctrinal questions and the effects of budget uncertainty have undermined the United States’ cybersecurity posture. Kaine supported the creation of a commission that would offer lawmakers policy recommendations on how best to strike a balance between strengthening national security and protecting individual privacy. Citing Virginia’s large cyber footprint, Kaine also called for greater investments to create a workforce ready to tackle the cyber challenges of the future.

“We’re at the epicenter of a changing digital landscape. Obviously many of the key federal agencies that work on cyber policy are headquartered or have a significant presence in Virginia, as do their employees. We have a private sector in the cyber space that is second to none, it’s a great hub for IT and cyber innovation. Virginia is second in the nation in the percentage of the workforce that is in technology jobs,” Kaine said. “We’re the hub of internet traffic in the world. Seventy percent of the world’s internet traffic passes through Loudoun County, which has the highest concentration of data centers in the world. …Even as a center of a technology workforce, second in the nation of percentage of workers in technology jobs, even in Virginia there are huge gaps. Our State Economic Development Partnership says there is one candidate for every three cyber security positions that are open in Virginia and this is in the state with the technology workforce, so we have a dramatic need to get more people into this field.”

Senator Kaine's full remarks can be read here. 

Originally published by Sophie Lehrenbaum on 

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) visited Tisch College on Feb. 5 to reveal his insights on foreign policy, discuss his experiences in various governmental offices and share his thoughts on the upcoming presidential election. The discussion, which had about 40 undergraduate and graduate students in attendance, was facilitated by Professor of Political Science Richard Eichenberg.

Alan Solomont, dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, opened the event by introducing the senator and speaking to his kindness and receptiveness. First-year political science major Deb Mayo, who lives next door to Kaine, then gave a brief overview of the senator’s accomplishments and government experience. Following the introduction, Eichenberg launched into a one-one-one discussion with the senator.

Eichenberg’s first question focused on the role of foreign policy in the coming election cycle, which Kaine, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, predicted would be extremely salient when voters head to the polls in the coming months.

“Six to eight months ago, this cycle would have been very driven by domestic issues, [but] my sense is that this has changed,” Kaine said. “Had the war against ISIL not expanded from Iraq to Syria [outcomes may have been different, but with] bombings and terrorist attacks, I think it is coming closer to home…[and] security fears [that] people have are going to make an important issue.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined U.S Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy to introduce the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act which would ensure that the gun industry – manufacturers, sellers and interest groups – is not shielded from liability when it acts with negligence and disregard for public safety. The bill would repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). A companion bill in the House of Representatives was introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff.

ASHBURN, VA: U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Ashburn on Monday, January 25, to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans, according to an announcement by the Office of Senator Kaine.

Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia to discuss the harmful impacts of opioid abuse on communities in the Commonwealth. Witnesses at Monday’s hearing will include The Honorable Mark Herring, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Katherine Neuhausen, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University; Lisa Wilkins, Acting State Director, Virginia Change Addiction Now; Jane Terry, Director of Government Affairs, National Safety Counsel; and Mellie Randall, Director of the Office of Substance Abuse Services, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

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