Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential announcement is expected as early as Friday with the Democratic National Convention set to begin on July 25 in Philadelphia.
The former secretary of state has repeatedly said she is looking for a running mate who can seamlessly step into the job of commander-in-chief if needed.
Increased speculation has surrounded Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in recent weeks. Both are high on Clinton’s list, according to CNN who spoke with several people familiar with the selection process.
Kaine is a former mayor of Richmond, a former Virginia governor, a former Democratic National Committee chairman and now Virginia’s junior U.S. Senator.
Kaine’s experience in foreign policy could help his case as a vice presidential candidate. He serves on both the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees.
Here’s what you need to know about Kaine’s family, and children:
1. He Has 2 Sons & A Daughter
Kaine is married to Anne Holton, who is the daughter of former Republican Governor Linwood Holton.
The couple married on November 24, 1984 at St. E’s altar, a year after Kaine graduated from Harvard with a Juris Doctor and was admitted to the Virginia bar. The Kaines eventually settled in Richmond, and still live in the same Northside neighborhood where they moved as newlyweds more than 30 years ago.
Kaine and Anne have three children: sons Nat and Woody and daughter Annella. All three attended Richmond public schools.
The family spends a lot their free time outdoors — camping, hiking, canoeing and biking in Virginia.
2. His Oldest Son, Nat, Graduated From George Washington University ROTC
When campaigning for a U.S. Senate seat against republican George Allen, Kaine brought his oldest son, Nat, into the debate.
At the time, Nat was a recent graduate from George Washington University ROTC and was a Marine Corps reservist who was slated to begin active duty in January 2013, according to the Washington Examiner.
The article explains that Kaine argued his son was evidence that he wouldn’t slash the defense budget, as his opponent accused.
“You and I are both fathers,” Kaine said, according to the publication. “I have a son who has started a career in the military. I will not do things that will hurt the troops or defense. I will not do things hurting veterans.”
A trusted Kaine advisor told the Washington Examiner that the family was hesitant to even mention Nat. Kaine went on to win the Senate seat in November 2012. Nat, is currently serving as a Marine.
3. Annella Shares A Close Relationship With Her Mom
In an article by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Annella, Anne and her mother Virginia “Jinks” Holton opened up about their relationship. Although they readily admitted each of them is independent-minded, they told the paper they share a special bond and rarely fight.
Annella said the key to a successful mother-daughter relationship is balance:
I think that it’s just important that you spend time with each other. You have to find a good amount of time, too much and you’ll be sure to drive each other crazy, but too little and you get kinda far apart. When you find a comfortable groove to get into, doing things that you both like, you get along a lot better.
4. Kaine Had Concerns Over Balancing His Political Career & Raising A Family
Kaine’s father, Al, expressed concern over the lifestyle that comes with a political career, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
“I feel concerned for his children,” Al Kaine told the paper in 2005. “Anne comes from a political family, so it’s not new to her, but it’s new to the children. … It’s sort of a lonely life. I hope that he will remain himself and that he can deal with the celebrity status.”
Tim Kaine almost dropped out of his bid for lieutenant governor over similar concerns.
He told the Virginian-Pilot, “I was driving with Anne one day with the kids and I remember thinking, ‘Geez, what if I win and then I run for governor and win? This is nine years now that I’m laying out, and at the end of nine years Nat’s going to be in college. Woody will be a year away from college. Annella will be in high school. I’ve already missed an awful lot of time with them.’?”
However, his wife reassured him that he could handle both jobs.
“Don’t assume that you can’t be a good dad and be in politics at the same time,” she said, according to the article.
5. His Children Were Raised Attending Catholic Church
The Kaine family is active in their church, Richmond’s St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, according to Kaine’s website.
Kaine has been vocal about his own Catholicism. “My faith is central to everything I do,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. “My faith position is a Good Samaritan position of trying to watch out for the other person.”
Kaine recently discussed in a C-SPAN interview that religion has been an influence in his family life and his political career.
In an article with the Washington Post, Kaine described the challenges of balancing political obligation with religious views. He recalled allowing 11 executions when he served as Virginia governor. The Catholic church takes a strong stance against capital punishment.
“I really struggled with that as governor. I have a moral position against the death penalty,” he said. “But I took an oath of office to uphold it. Following an oath of office is also a moral obligation.”