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Virginia senator and former governor Tim Kaine to be Clinton’s running mate

Tim Kaine just keeps climbing the political ladder.

A former mayor, governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, and now Virginia's junior U.S. senator, Kaine will be a heartbeat away from the presidency should Democrat Hillary Clinton claim the White House in November.

Clinton announced Kaine as her ticket mate in a text message to supporters Friday night.

"I'm thrilled to tell you this first: I've chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate," the message read.

As Clinton's vice presidential pick, Kaine will be expected to help put Virginia's 13 electoral votes in the Democrats' column.

"Just got off the phone with Hillary. I’m honored to be her running mate," Kaine said in a tweet tonight. "Can’t wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!"

Originally from Kansas City, Kaine is married to Anne Holton, Virginia's secretary of education and a daughter of former Gov. Linwood Holton, and the couple has three kids.

Kaine often speaks of his Catholic faith and time as a missionary in Honduras. He's fluent in Spanish, having delivered at least one speech in full in Spanish from the floor of the Senate. The Old Dominion senator's selection has been suggested as part of the Democrats' outreach to the Hispanic community.

The Kaine pick adds to Virginia's already unique role in the 2016 presidential race. Current Gov. Terry McAuliffe has long been a close friend, adviser and fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton.

This is a Times-Mirror news alert. Check back to LoudounTimes.com for updates. Read more about the Kaine announcement from the Associated Press and the New York Times.


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