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.
As Kaine and his family continue on the campaign trail, here’s what you need to know about his daughter, Annella:
1. She Is the Youngest of Kaine’s Children
The couple married on November 24, 1984, 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.
Born in 1995, Kaine’s daughter grown up in Richmond. Annella is the youngest of Kaine and Holton’s children. She has two brothers — 26-year-old Nat and 24-year-old Woody. All three attended Richmond public schools.
The family spends a lot their free time outdoors — camping, hiking, canoeing and biking in Virginia.
In a YouTube video posted July 28, Annella was interviewed by her 12-year-old cousin Terence Holton, who asked her about the impact of a female presidential nominee.
In the video Annella responded by saying:
It means that we are breaking down a lot of barriers of sexism in our country, and we’re finally getting to see a chance where women such as ourselves, and such as your younger sister and a lot of other young girls out there, are getting to see the kind of things that they can do in the world if they don’t ever give up and they persist and just show how really, really awesome ladies are.
2. 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.
3. She Is Currently a Student at NYU
Annella is currently a student at New York University and is majoring in theater. She is slated to graduate in 2017, and already has a promising acting resume, according to her Backstage.com profile. The 21-year-old is a member of the internationally acclaimed Atlantic Acting School, which is affiliated with NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Annella also plays the guitar and sings. A clip of the college student showcasing her musical talents was published on the Facebook page of Cunnilingus Curated.
The caption read, “Annella Kaine is getting her BFA in Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Kaine loves the power performance has to change hearts and minds. Ever humble, she is new to lyric writing, but: ‘I can put a Melody together.’”
She shares her love for music with her father, who enjoys jazz and plays the harmonica. Annella has performed with the Richmond Triangle Players, a Virginia based theater company. In 2013, she starred as the character “Rory” in their production of bare: a pop opera.
4. She Was Raised Attending Catholic Church
Like her two siblings, Annella was raised attending Catholic Church, and the whole family is active in Richmond’s St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, according to Kaine’s website.
Tim 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.”
5. Her Brother, Nat, Is an Active-Duty Marine
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 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.
Tim Kaine met with Virginia veterans in 2014 to address the importance of military issues, according to the Culpeper Star Exponent.
“No state is more connected to the military than Virginia,” he said. “My son is an infantry officer who takes control of his first platoon Monday so these are issues that matter to me personally.”
In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Kaine referenced comments that GOP nominee Donald Trump made criticizing the military.
“When I hear Donald Trump say the American military is a disaster, I want to go through the screen and shake the guy,” Kaine said in the interview. “We ought to have a commander in chief who talks about our troops with respect and gratitude.”
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