Tim Kaine, Democratic VP Candidate
Tim Kaine Background
Tim Kaine is the Democratic Candidate for Vice President of the United States for the 2016 election. He is an attorney and was elected Junior United States Senator from Virginia in 2012. Kaine was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, but grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Missouri, as well as from Harvard Law School. Kaine was a lecturer at the University of Richmond School of Law. His first public office came in 1994, when he won a seat on the Richmond, Virginia City Council. He was then elected mayor of Richmond in 1998, serving in that position until being elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2001. Kaine was elected governor of Virginia in 2005, serving from 2006 to 2010. He also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.
Tim Kaine: On the Issues
Kaine criticized climate change deniers, as well as those who “may not deny the climate science, but … deny that the U.S. can or should be a leader in taking any steps” to address the issue. However, Tim Kaine endorses making coal energy production cleaner saying that it is imperative “to convert coal to electricity with less pollution than we do today.” He has said that “protecting the environment is good for the economy.” Based on his votes on environmental issues in the Senate, the League of Conservation Voters has given Kaine a 88% score for 2015, and a 91% lifetime score.
In the Senate, Tim Kaine has supported the normalization of U.S.–Cuban relations and has supported the international nuclear agreement with Iran. Kaine also supported the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. Kaine and Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona introduced the War Powers Consultation Act of 2014, which would establish a Congressional Consultation Committee, with which the President would be required to consult regularly regarding significant foreign policy matters.
Tim Kaine has said that he is “strongly for the regulation of the financial industry,” and he supports the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In July 2016, Kaine signed a bipartisan letter that “urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to ‘carefully tailor its rule making’ [under Dodd-Frank] regarding community banks and credit unions so as not to ‘unduly burden’ these institutions with regulations aimed at commercial banks.”