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Timeline: Sen. Tim Kaine's life and career

Timeline: Sen. Tim Kaine's life and career

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Sen. Tim Kaine, a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton, began his career as a civil rights attorney in Richmond.

Life and career of Tim Kaine

Here are some milestones in the life and career of Tim Kaine:

1958: Born in St. Paul, Minn., on February 26. Grows up in Overland Park, Kan.

1971: Teaches himself to play harmonica.

1976: Graduates from Rockhurst High School.

1979: Graduates summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with a degree in economics.

1980: Serves as a missionary and principal of a vocational school in Honduras.

1981: Meets Anne Holton, a fellow student at Harvard Law School who is a daughter of former Virginia Gov. Linwood Holton.

1983: Graduates from Harvard law school.

1984: Moves to Richmond, passes the Virginia Bar exam; marries Anne Holton.

1983-84, Law clerk for Judge R. Lanier Anderson, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (Macon, Ga.)

1983-84: Associate attorney at Little, Parsley & Cluverius, P.C. (Richmond)

1988: Joins faculty at University of Richmond.

1990: Son Nat is born.

1992: Son Woody is born.

1987: Becomes director at Mezzullo & McCandlish, P.C.; (Richmond, Norfolk and Paris).

1993: Represents Housing Opportunities Made Equal in a federal housing discrimination case. In 2000, Nationwide Insurance agrees to pay HOME $17.5 million to settle the case. Kaine’s law firm gets one-third of the settlement.

1994: First elected to Richmond City Council, beating incumbent Benjamin P.A. Warthen by fewer than 100 votes.

1995: Daughter Annella is born.

1996: Re-elected to Richmond City Council.

1998: Elected mayor in an 8-1 vote by the City Council, re-elected to City Council; Anne Holton becomes a judge in Richmond’s juvenile and domestic relations district court.

2000: Re-elected to City Council, which again selects him as mayor.

2001: Resigns from City Council to campaign for lieutenant governor; defeats Del. Jay Katzen, R-Fauquier.

2005: Elected governor, beating Republican Jerry Kilgore, a former state attorney general; and independent Russ Potts, a state senator from Winchester.

2007: On Feb. 17, Kaine becomes the first governor outside Illinois to endorse Barack Obama for president.

On April 16, Seung-Hui Cho kills 32 students and faculty members at Virginia Tech before taking his own life. Kaine and his wife fly home from a trade mission in Japan. Kaine and President George W. Bush address a memorial service on campus.

2008: Obama vets Kaine as a potential running mate, before picking Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware. Obama becomes the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Virginia since 1964.

2009: Obama picks Kaine to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

2010: Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in March. That November, Democrats lose control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

2011: Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., announces he will not seek re-election. Kaine resigns as DNC chairman to run for the seat.

2012: Kaine wins the Senate seat, beating former Gov. and U.S. Sen. George Allen.



— From staff reports


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