Richmond, Virginia , United States
|| February 26, 1958
Nov 28, 2012 12:27pm
Caucasian - Moderate - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Civil Unions - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Gay Marriage - Health Care Reform - Pro Environment - Pro- gun - Pro-Labor - Married - Catholic - Straight -
|Info||Tim Kaine: The Basics |
Moved to Richmond in 1984 to marry his wife Anne. Lives in the same house where they raised three kids.
As City Councilman and Mayor, helped cut crime, build schools and attract jobs.
Under his leadership as Governor from 2006-2010, Virginia was named Best Managed State, Best State for Business four years in a row, and Best State in which to Raise a Child.
Protected Virginia’s strong tradition of fiscal responsibility - Virginia was one of only 7 states to maintain AAA bond ratings from all major rating agencies.
In the midst of the worst economy in 70 years, helped maintain Virginia’s status as one of the highest median income states in America and one of the lowest unemployment states. At the close of the Kaine Administration, Virginia was one of only two states that were top ten in median income and lowest ten in unemployment rate.
Recruited major American companies to relocate corporate headquarters to Virginia. Hilton Inc. (from California), SAIC (from California), CSC (from California), Mead-Westvaco (from Connecticut), Volkswagen of North America (from Michigan) all announced relocation during Kaine’s term.
Recruited major American and international companies to make significant investments in Virginia even during difficult economy—EDS (Mecklenburg County), Rolls Royce (Prince George County), Orbital (Accomac County), Canon (Newport News), Ikea (Pittsylvania County), SRI (Harrisonburg), Areva (Newport News).
Cut $7 Billion from the state budget, starting with a reduction in his own salary.
Banned smoking in state buildings, bars and restaurants in Virginia.
Expanded pre-kindergarten, career and technical programs, AP and other joint college enrollment courses for high school students. Percentage of Virginia students passing AP exams in top 3 in nation. Virginia Latino elementary school students top performing in America.
Passed largest bond package in VA history to create jobs and expand higher education opportunities by building new facilities like alternative energy labs and teacher training programs.
Expanded programs to educate nurses and other health care professionals.
Preserved more than 400,000 acres of open space in the state (including 3 new state parks, 6 new state forests, and all or parts of 20+ Civil War battlefields).
Made major investments in Chesapeake Bay clean-up and major initiatives to restore blue crab, native oyster and menhaden populations.
Led strategic and targeted efforts to significantly reduce the state’s infant mortality rate.
Reformed state foster care system.
Led bipartisan efforts to reform mental health services after the tragedy at Virginia Tech.
Passed new laws affecting treatment of victims of crimes of sexual violence.
Expanded of public transit, passenger and freight rail options, including finalizing project to expand Metro to Dulles airport. Also worked to expand Amtrak service from Richmond and Lynchburg to DC.
Required the State Board of Education and local school boards to take steps to ensure that teachers convicted of certain crimes are kept out of the classroom.
Protected National Guard members from losing their jobs during their terms of service and guaranteed in-state college tuition for the children of military personnel stationed in Virginia.
Created an entirely new college - the New College Institute in Southside Virginia - so for the first time students in all regions of the state can pursue a four-year degree without leaving home.