Tim Kaine grew up in Kansas City working in his father’s ironworking shop. He attended the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School. Kaine’s public service career began when he volunteered with missionaries in Honduras. Kaine practiced law in Richmond for 17 years, representing people denied housing opportunities because of their race or disability. Kaine taught legal ethics for six years at the University of Richmond Law School.
Kaine was elected to four terms on the City Council, including two terms as Richmond’s mayor. Kaine was elected Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor in 2001.
Kaine became the 70th Governor of Virginia on January 14, 2006 – the first Virginia Governor to be inaugurated at the Colonial Capitol in Williamsburg since Thomas Jefferson.
As governor, Kaine moved the state’s focus from education competence to excellence. He worked to reform the financing and accountability of Virginia’s transportation infrastructure. Kaine focused on improving Virginians’ access to the health care network. He invested $660 million in cleaning up Virginia’s rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, and in honor of Virginia’s 400th anniversary, embarked on an effort to preserve 400,000 acres of open space, farms and forests. He issued Virginia’s first comprehensive energy plan.
Kaine and his wife Anne Holton have three children – Nat, Woody and Annella.