Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States, has selected Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to be her vice presidential running mate.
Kaine entered elective politics in 1994 when he was voted onto the city council of Richmond, Virginia. He served as mayor of Richmond from 1998 to 2001, and was then narrowly elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. He served in that role until he was elected Governor of Virginia by a comfortable margin in 2005. Kaine went on to become the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2009, while he was still governor, and remained in that role until 2011. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2012, where he is serving his first term.
Generally considered to be a moderate Democrat, Kaine has occasionally broken ranks with his party. For example, Kaine called for broader religious exemptions to the ‘ObamaCare’ contraceptive and abortion mandates. As governor he was less hostile to the Second Amendment right to bear arms than many of his Democratic Party brethren, but has shifted more in-line with the party since his election to the Senate.
Clinton and Kaine are expected to be formally nominated by the Democratic Party at the Democratic National Convention, which will be held next week (July 25-28) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.