|January 14, 2006|
|Lieutenant Governor||William Bolling|
|Preceded by||Mark Warner|
|January 21, 2009|
|Preceded by||Howard Dean|
|Born||February 26, 1958 (1958-02-26)|
St. Paul, Minnesota
|Alma Mater||University of Missouri
Harvard Law School
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.
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."