Tim Kaine's file


Democrat from Virginia

Tim Kaine is the 2016 Democratic nominee for vice president and a U.S. senator representing Virginia. He was elected to the Senate in 2012. Kaine was governor from 2006 to 2010, lieutenant governor from 2002 to 2006, mayor of Richmond from 1998 to 2001, and city councilman of Richmond beginning in 1994. He was also the chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011. Kaine was born in St. Paul, Minn. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1979 from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a law degree from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., in 1983. He took a year-long break during law school to work with the Jesuit order as a Catholic missionary in Honduras, becoming fluent in Spanish.  

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Are the Clinton WikiLeaks emails doctored, or are they authentic?

Hillary Clinton and her campaign have sought to cast doubt on the authenticity of thousands of emails leaked by WikiLeaks. Have they been altered?

In Context: 'Senator, you've whipped out that Mexican thing again'

"Senator," Mike Pence said to Tim Kaine, "you've whipped out that Mexican thing again."

It wasn't a joke by the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Let's see Pence's comment in context.

Comparing Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter

Comparing Mike Pence and Tim Kaine before Tuesday night's vice-presidential debate.

Fact-checking the third night of the Democratic National Convention

Fact-checking POTUS, VPOTUS and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine at DNC night three. 

Tim Kaine on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter

Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine headlines DNC day three.