6 Things to Know About Tim Kaine


Hillary Clinton just announced Tim Kaine would be her running-mate. But who exactly is the Virginia senator? Here are six things to know:

He’s held a lot of public offices

Kaine — who is now Virginia’s junior senator — was previously the governor of the state. Prior to that, he served as lieutenant governor, mayor of Richmond and on the Richmond city council.

He is one of just 20 people to have served as a mayor, governor and U.S. senator. He was also head of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.

His state is very important in November

Kaine represents a crucial swing state that Clinton will need to win in November. It used to be solidly Republican, but President Obama won in 2008 and 2012. And Virginia’s rapidly growing population is making the state more diverse.

He’s relatively boring, and he’s totally OK with that

Kaine has no problem with critics calling him boring. In fact, he’s milking it for all it’s worth. “I am boring,” he said in an interview with Meet the Press in June. “But boring is the fastest-growing demographic in this country.”

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SOURCE: Eliza Collins