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.
Read our 2018 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 liberal–conservative 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 Sep 17, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
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Timothy “Tim” Kaine sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
- Member, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues
- Senate Committee on the Budget
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Kaine was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- 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.
- S. 392: 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act
Does 7 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 (41%) Labor and Employment (15%) International Affairs (12%) Taxation (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (7%) Health (5%) Housing and Community Development (5%)
Some of Kaine’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1986: Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2019
- S. 1851: Protecting Our Gold Star Families’ Education Act of 2019
- S. 1802: Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act of 2019
- S. 1793: Saving Lives Through Better Data Act
- S.Res. 248: A resolution honoring the victims of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
- S. 1599: Foster Care Tax Credit Act
- S. 1517: Building U.S. Infrastructure by Leveraging Demands for Skills
From Jan 2013 to Sep 2019, Kaine missed 39 of 2,051 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% 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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