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Sen. Timothy Kaine

Senator for Virginia

Kaine, a Democrat, is the junior senator from Virginia and has served since Jan 3, 2013. Kaine is next up for reelection in 2018.

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Kaine.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 93% NIAC Action: A American Civil Liberties Union: 76% United States Chamber of Commerce: 58% The Club for Growth: 5% Americans for Prosperity: 2% FreedomWorks: 0%

Committee Membership

Timothy Kaine sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Kaine was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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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 about one third or more 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Kaine sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Education (33%) International Affairs (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Labor and Employment (12%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (10%) Arts, Culture, Religion (6%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%) Native Americans (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Kaine’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Kaine’s Vote Vote Description
Yea On the Nomination PN369: Amy Coney Barrett, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit
Oct 31, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 55/43.
Yea On the Nomination PN102: Jeffrey A. Rosen, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation
May 16, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 56/42.
Not Voting H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea 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 ...
Yea H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Nov 2017, Kaine missed 28 of 1,439 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: