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 2018.
Read our 2017 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. See full analysis methodology.
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Timothy Kaine sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism
- Member, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
- 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 4 bills that were enacted:
- 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. 392: 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act
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 (35%) International Affairs (14%) Labor and Employment (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Native Americans (6%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%) Arts, Culture, Religion (4%)
Some of Kaine’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2737: Creating Quality Technical Educators Act of 2018
- S. 2678: Ensuring Access to Quality Recovery Living Act of 2018
- S. 2642: Jobs Plus Recovery Act of 2018
- S.Res. 416: A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Career and Technical Education Month.
- S. 2457: Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act of 2018
- S. 2379: Military Spouse Employment Act of 2018
- S. 1975: Virginia Wilderness Additions Act of 2017
|Kaine’s Vote||Vote Description|
On the Nomination PN1373: Kevin K. McAleenan, of Hawaii, to be Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Mar 19, 2018. Nomination Confirmed 77/19.
On the Nomination PN366: Marshall Billingslea, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Department of the Treasury
Jun 22, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 65/35.
On the Nomination PN102: Jeffrey A. Rosen, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation
May 16, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 56/42.
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
From Jan 2013 to May 2018, Kaine missed 28 of 1,585 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is on par with the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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