Timothy Michael Kaine
Tim Kaine
70th Governor of Virginia
Assumed Office
January 14, 2006
Lieutenant Governor William Bolling
Preceded by Mark Warner
Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
Assumed Office
January 21, 2009
Preceded by Howard Dean
Personal Info
Born February 26, 1958 (1958-02-26)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Nationality American
Party Democratic
Alma Mater University of Missouri

Harvard Law School

Residence Richmond, Virginia
Spouse Anne Holton
Religon Roman-Catholic

Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine (born February 26, 1958) is an American politician, the current governor of Virginia and as of January 21, 2009, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected governor in 2005, after serving as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and Mayor of Richmond, Virginia. As governor, he is a member of the National Governors Association, the Southern Governors' Association, and the Democratic Governors Association. Before entering into Virginia politics, Kaine was a lawyer in Richmond, Virginia, and worked with the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) as a Roman Catholic missionary in Honduras. Kaine endorsed the Democratic nominee, now President Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election and was considered a likely choice to be Obama's running mate, but was not ultimately chosen.

Political PostionsEdit

Despite his personal opposition to capital punishment, often cited during the 2005 campaign by both sides, he has so far overseen eight executions as governor as of July 2008. He has vetoed five death penalty expansion bills although some of the vetoes were overturned, and opposed the electric chair as an option. On June 9, 2008, Kaine commuted the death sentence of Percy Levar Walton to life in prison without parole.

Tim Kaine has stated he is personally opposed to abortion but he opposes overturning Roe v. Wade. He supports restrictions on abortion, such as requiring parental consent and banning so-called partial-birth abortions in cases where the woman's health is not at risk.

Kaine opposed an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that would define marriage as that between one man and one woman, though he has publicly stated that he personally opposes same-sex marriage.

Kaine supports some smart growth-style policies to manage sprawl and transportation issues; he refers to these plans as "balanced growth."

In early 2009, Kaine was tapped to become the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, succeeding Howard Dean.