“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.”
“[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.”
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.