NEA supports

Tim Kaine

for U.S. Senate, Virginia

Current Office

U.S. Senate, Virginia

On the Record

  • “Career and technical education programs are proven solutions for creating jobs, retraining workers, and ensuring students from all ages and walks of life are prepared with the skills they need for a successful career.”

    Jun. 26, 2018, Augusta Free Press

  • “[W]e knew that education was the key to everything we wanted to achieve as a state and it's the key to everything we want to achieve as a nation.”

    Jul. 24, 2016, Forbes

Talking Points

  • Tim Kaine is one of 30 people in American history to have served as mayor, governor and a U.S. senator. Throughout his career, he has fought for our public schools.
  • While Tim was serving as governor of Virginia, Education Week ranked Virginia the state where a child was most likely to succeed.
  • In the U.S. Senate, Tim strongly opposed Betsy DeVos's nomination, asking critical questions at her confirmation hearing.
  • Tim is also the founder and co-chair of the Senate CTE caucus, which promotes improving access to career and technical education programs.


Tim Kaine’s dad ran a union ironworking shop. Early on, Tim learned the value of hard work and helping working people.

Tim worked for nearly two decades as a civil rights attorney in Richmond, specializing in housing discrimination. He was elected mayor of Richmond in 1998. As mayor, he built four new schools and increased education spending by 30 percent.

Tim then became governor of Virginia in 2006. There, he was a strong advocate for public education. While in office, he expanded funding for early childhood education, increasing enrollment in pre-K by nearly 40 percent.

Today, as a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Tim is focused on strengthening career and technical education programs that teach students the necessary skills to match high-demand, good-paying jobs. He is also working to reduce student loan debt and increase teacher compensation.

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