Senator Tim Kaine began his political career with his election to the Richmond City Council in 1994, where he served two terms before being elected mayor of the city in 1998. From 2001 through 2005, he served as Virginia’s lieutenant governor under future fellow VA Senator Mark Warner, before becoming Governor himself in 2006. After a brief stint as DNC Chair, he ran for a Senate seat in Virginia in 2012, and was elected after a tough race against former governor George Allen. However, he won reelection in 2018 by a large margin. Senator Kaine is a graduate of Harvard Law School and practiced as a civil rights attorney in Richmond for 17 years before entering politics.
Raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Sen. Kaine speaks of himself as a Truman Democrat, committed to making Israel a lasting home for the Jewish people that is safe, secure and at peace with its Palestinian neighbors. The Senator is also supportive of an active role for the United States in achieving a two-state solution. Throughout his time in the Senate, Kaine has been one of J Street’s most vocal allies on the Hill. In 2019, Kaine introduced an amendment to the NDAA that specified that the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs do not grant the President authorization to launch a war with Iran.