10 Things You Didn't Know About Tim Kaine

Tim Kaine is a potential vice presidential candidate for Barack Obama.

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1. Timothy Michael Kaine was born Feb. 26, 1958, in St. Paul, Minn. He was the eldest of three boys.

2. Kaine graduated from Rockhurst High School, an all-boys Jesuit high school, in 1976. He went to the University of Missouri, where he considered majoring in journalism but switched to economics. He finished his bachelor's degree in three years, graduating in 1979.

3. He took a year off from Harvard Law School to work as a Christian missionary. Living in Honduras, Tim ran a small vocational school that taught welding and carpentry to teenagers. He returned to Cambridge and received his law degree in 1983.

4. Tim met his wife, Anne Holton, at Harvard Law School. The two were in a study group together, and Anne baked cookies in an attempt to gain his attention. The couple married Nov. 24, 1984, and eventually settled in Richmond, Va.

5. Tim practiced law in Richmond for 17 years and handled a range of civil rights cases. Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Richard Kluger's "Simple Justice" both helped spark his interest in civil rights law.

6. Kaine entered politics in 1994. He decided to run for a seat on the Richmond City Council when he noticed a racial divide among the council members and thought he might act as a bridge-builder. He served four terms, including two as the council-selected mayor of Richmond.

7. Kaine was elected Virginia's lieutenant governor in 2001.

8. Next, he ran successfully for governor. He was inaugurated Jan. 14, 2006. Shortly after Kaine's term began, he was selected to give the Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address.

9. Kaine's musical interests include playing the harmonica, singing in the church choir, and listening to jazz from the Charlie Parker era.

10. Kaines's wife, Anne, is a former juvenile court judge and the daughter of Linwood Holton (governor of Virginia from 1970 to 1974). The couple has three children: Nat, Woody, and Annella.

The Associated Press State & Local Wire
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Kansas City Star
KidsCommonwealth: Capitol Life: Governor Tim Kaine
Official Site of the Governor of Virginia: About Governor Tim Kaine
Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch
The Roanoke (Va.) Times
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)
The Washington Post
The Washington Times

Corrected on 7/21/08: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Tim Kaine's alma mater. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri.