Tim Caine - 5 Fast Facts

Tim Kaine: Here are 9 things you may not know about him

Hillary Clinton's running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, will take the stage Tuesday for the only vice presidential debate to be held this election cycle. 

Kaine will face Republican Mike Pence Tuesday at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

While Kaine has been on the national stage before (see number 9), here are a few things to know about the U.S. Senator from Virginia.

 Timothy Michael Kaine, 58, U.S. Senator representing Virginia

1. His family: He’s married to Anne Holton who is the current secretary of education in Virginia. The couple have three children Nat, Woody and Annella. Kaine was raised in Kansas City as a Catholic by devout parents and attended an all-boys Jesuit high school.

2. He is familiar with public office: He has served as the mayor of Richmond (Va) 1998-2001; Virginia’s lieutenant governor,  2002-2006; the governor of Virginia,  2006-2010 and Democratic National Committee chairman, 2009-2011. He was elected Senator in 2012.

3. A fun fact: Kaine was a mayor, a governor and a senator, and according to his office website, he’s only one of 20 people in U.S. history to have held all three offices. 

4. Habla usted español?: Kaine speaks fluent Spanish. He ran a technical school in Honduras for a year.

5. What’s that sound: Kaine plays a mean harmonica. And when we say “mean” we mean bad – by his own account. 

6. Is Virginia in play: Kaine’s state – Virginia – just happens to be a swing state in the 2016  election.  Virginia has traditionally been a “red state” or one that votes Republican in the general election. However, in the 2012 presidential election, President Obama won the state.

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7. So, he’s a little, well, boring:  He calls himself boring, and, when Clinton was asked about him last week, she said boring was what she liked about him.

8. A spot on his record: Kaine did receive some bad publicity while he was lieutenant governor and governor. It was found he accepted more than $160,000 in gifts and travel, according to the Washington Post. The gifts included a Caribbean vacation and more than $5,000 in clothing, among other things. Taking those gifts was not a crime in Virginia.

9. No longer a bridesmaid: Kaine has been vetted for the position before. He was on a short list to be the running mate of President Obama in 2008.

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