Timothy Michael Kaine (, born February 26, 1958) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Virginia since 2013.
A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 38th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 2002 to 2006 and 70th Governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010.
Kaine was the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election.
Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Kaine grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, graduated from the University of Missouri and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School before entering private practice and becoming a lecturer at the University of Richmond School of Law.
He was first elected to public office in 1994, when he won a seat on the Richmond City Council.
He was then elected Mayor of Richmond in 1998 and was in that position until being elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2001.
Kaine was elected Governor of Virginia in 2005 and was in that office from 2006 to 2010.
He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.
Hillary Clinton announced on July 22, 2016, that she had selected Kaine to be her vice presidential running mate in the 2016 presidential election, and the 2016 Democratic National Convention nominated him on July 27.
Despite winning a plurality of the national popular vote, the Clinton-Kaine ticket lost the Electoral College, and thus the election, to the Republican ticket of Donald Trump and Mike Pence on November 8, 2016.
Following the election, Kaine remained in the Senate and successfully sought re-election to a second full term in 2018, defeating Republican Corey Stewart.