Tim KaineState Governor
Born: 26 February 1958
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota
Best known as: Governor of Virginia, 2006-2010
Tim Kaine jumped to national prominence in 2008, when he was named as a potential running mate for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Tim Kaine was elected governor of Virginia in 2005 after a decade in public service that included stints as the mayor of Richmond, Virginia (1998-2002) and as the state's lieutenant governor (2002-06). Born in Minnesota, Tim Kaine graduated from the University of Missouri in 1979, and added a law degree from Harvard in 1983. He moved to Richmond and practiced law there, specializing in fair-housing issues; he published a law manual on fair housing in 1991. He joined the Richmond City Council in 1994. Tim Kaine has a reputation as a fiscal conservative but a progressive on social issues like education, the environment, and health care. Kaine did not become the VP nominee in 2008, as Obama chose Senator Joe Biden instead. Kaine became chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2009. Virginia law prevents governors from serving consecutive terms, so Kaine could not run for reelection. He was succeeded as governor by Republican Bob McDonnell, who took office on 16 January 2010.
Extra credit: Tim Kaine, a Catholic, took a year's leave from law school to work as a missionary in Honduras... Kaine married the former Anne Holton in 1984. She is also a lawyer. Her father, Linwood Holton, was governor of Virginia from 1970-74. According to the Virginia state website, Anne is "the only Virginian who has lived in the Governor's mansion as a child and then as an adult. "
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