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. He is 64 years old.
Read our 2020 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 3, 2019 to Jan 24, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Kaine was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3913: Improving DATA in Public Health Act
- S. 610 (117th): Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act
- S. 3183: Enhancing Military Base Resilience and Conserving Ecosystems through Stormwater Management Act
- S. 470 (117th): Great Dismal Swamp National Heritage Area Act
- S. 2913 (116th): Protecting Critical Services for Mothers and Babies Act
- S. 725 (116th): A bill to change the address of the postal facility designated in honor of Captain Humayun Khan.
- S. 754 (115th): Cyber Scholarship Opportunities Act of 2017
Does 12 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:
Health (20%) Education (17%) International Affairs (17%) Labor and Employment (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Taxation (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Kaine recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 161: A bill to extend the Federal Pell Grant eligibility of certain short-term programs.
- S. 5266 (117th): Investing in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Act
- S. 5182: AFFECT Human Rights in Venezuela Act
- S. 5006: African Diaspora Heritage Month Act of 2022
- S.Res. 772: A resolution recognizing the seriousness of myotonic dystrophy and expressing support for the …
- S. 4864: Pipeline Fairness, Transparency, and Responsible Development Act of 2022
- S. 4846: SOS Campus Act
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2013 to Dec 2022, Kaine missed 78 of 3,426 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.4% 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, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2021 Jan-Jan 116th Congress||2||0||0.0%||0th|
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