Kaine is the junior senator from Virginia and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Kaine is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025 unless re-elected.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Kaine.
Kaine is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Kaine has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Aug 13, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Timothy “Tim” Kaine sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Africa and Global Health Policy subcommittee Ranking Member
- Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism subcommittee Ranking Member
- Senate Committee on the Budget
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Kaine was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2913: Protecting Critical Services for Mothers and Babies Act
- S. 725: A bill to change the address of the postal facility designated in honor of Captain Humayun Khan.
- S. 754: Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act of 2017
- S. 691: Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017
- S.J.Res. 22: A joint resolution granting the consent and approval of Congress to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a ...
- S. 331: A bill to remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other purposes.
- S. 730: A bill to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of certain hydroelectric projects.
Does 8 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Kaine sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Education (31%) Labor and Employment (20%) International Affairs (15%) Taxation (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Housing and Community Development (7%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (5%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)
Some of Kaine’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4502: A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act to bolster fairness and transparency ...
- S. 4390: A bill to establish a grant program to support schools of medicine and ...
- S. 4349: A bill to address behavioral health and well-being among health care professionals.
- S. 4271: Virginia Plan to Reduce Gun Violence Act of 2020
- S. 4269: Mothers and Newborns Success Act
- S. 4180: Protecting Benefits for Retirees Act
- S. 3947: Coronavirus Relief Flexibility for Students and Institutions Act
From Jan 2013 to Aug 2020, Kaine missed 41 of 2,343 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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