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How rich is Tim Kaine?

Name: Timothy Michael Kaine

Born: February 26, 1958

Occupation: Attorney and politician

Tim Kaine, fair use
Tim Kaine, fair use

Tim Kaine was born on February 26, 1958 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is the son of Albert Alexander Kaine, a welder and entrepreneur, and Mary Kathleen Burns, a home economics teacher. He has two siblings and comes from a Scottish and Irish ancestry.

Upon relocating to Overland Park, Kansas at a young age, Tim attended the all-boys Jesuit preparatory school Rockhurst High School. This is where he would be elected student body president and was a key member of the debate team. After graduation, Tim attended the University of Missouri and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in economics in just three years in 1979. In that same year, Tim would go to Harvard Law School, though he had to take a year off to assist Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, where he taught carpentry and welding and learned Spanish. Tim would graduate Harvard Law with a J.D. degree in 1983.

Tim has been married to Anne Bright Holton, the daughter of former Virginia Governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr., since 1984. They have three children: Nat, Woody and Annella. The family presently resides in Virginia.

Before entering the world of politics, Tim would serve as a law clerk to a Georgian judge. He would later join a law firm and then become the director of another law firm just a couple of years later. Tim would practice law for 17 years with a specialty in fair housing law and discrimination. For years, Tim performed pro bono work and also served as a legal ethics professor at the University of Richmond School of Law for six years.

It was in 1994 when Tim contracted the bug for politics. He was elected to the Richmond city council. Tim would serve four terms as a city councilman. Tim was also elected mayor and served two terms in office.

In 2001, Tim threw his hat in the race for the position of Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He would win the party’s nomination by a wide margin and would squeak out a victory in the general election by less than two percent. Four years later, Tim ran for governor of Virginia. Running on a fiscal conservative and centrist campaign, he would win by about six percent. There was controversy during his tenure as governor as it was discovered that he received more than $160,000 in gifts from 2001 to 2009, including an $18,000 Caribbean vacation, $5,500 in clothes and a trip to watch George Mason University play in the NCAA basketball Final Four. He received these gifts from a drug company, the state’s electricity providers and his political supporters.

At the end of his career in state politics, Tim decided to run for the Senate and succeed Senator Jim Webb. He would win again by six percent.

In July 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton selected Tim has her running mate in the general election. For the first time since Woodrow Wilson, Tim is the first Virginian to be on a major party’s ticket.

To summarize his political position: he opposes abortion, supports same-sex marriage, approves of the current U.S. foreign policy, opposes capital punishment, supports gun control, supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), supports amnesty for illegal immigrants and likes taxes.

Outside of politics, Tim is an avid harmonica player, has received the Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and his family are congregants of the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond.

We estimate that Tim Kaine’s net worth is $1.5 million (2016).

So how much is $1.5 million really?

$1.5 million could help you pay to participate in an election at the local level. $1.5 million could also help pay for roughly 200,000 $600 haircuts for his running mate, Hillary Clinton.


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