Tuesday, April 30, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine's (D-VA) Troop Talent Act of 2013 would help transition between military and civilian employment.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va) bill to help veterans find employment and other resources more easily once entering civilian life was introduced Monday to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Troop Talent Act of 2013 is designed to help veterans effectively translate their military skills and credentials into civilian employment, Kaine said. As of March 2013, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans was 9.2 percent. That’s down slightly from 9.4 percent in February 2013 but still higher than the national average of 7.1 percent. U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) called that number "unacceptable" as she introduced the Troop Talent Act to the House of Represetatives on Monday. “The unemployment rate for Veterans who have served in the …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Kaine joins other area representatives using social media to communicate with constituents.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D) launched his official Senate office Twitter and Facebook accounts Monday. The accounts will provide constituents with updates on Kaine’s daily activities in the Senate, travels across Virginia, information on agency assistance and constituent service updates, according to a news release from his office. Sen. Mark Warner (D) also has social media accounts: Social Media Accounts for Fredericksburg's Other Elected Officials: U.S. Representative Rob Wittman (R) District 1 Virginia Senator Bryce E. Reeves (R) District 17: Albemarle County (Part); Culpeper County (Part); Fredericksburg City (All); Louisa County (Part); Orange County (All); Spotsylvania County (Part) Virginia Delegate Mark L. Cole (R) District 88: Counties…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
As member of Armed Services Committee, Kaine says he hopes to get answers to important security issues.
Virginia's newly minted U.S. senator, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was sworn in last week, will be in the thick of things as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, charged with holding hearings on former Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination to become Secretary of Defense. President Obama made the announcement Monday. Kaine said he hopes to hear specifics from the former GOP senator from Nebraska. "Hagel is a decorated war hero with a strong record of bipartisanship on foreign policy and defense issues," Kaine said in a news release. "I will do all I can to ensure the confirmation hearing addresses important questions regarding the future of our military, the current budgetary challenges facing the country and other important security …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden swore in the former Virginia Governor as a U.S. Senator Thursday in Washington.
Tim Kaine took the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol Thursday, starting his term as U.S. Senator. Kaine, 54, was Virginia's governor from 2006 to 2010. Prior to that, he was Virginia's lieutenant governor and mayor of Richmond. For more on Kaine's vision for Virginia and the United States, and what he hopes to accomplish in his first term as U.S. Senator, see these Patch stories: Sen.-Elect Tim Kaine Receives Committee Assignments (December 2012) Allen Concedes; Kaine Wins Senate Race in Virginia (November 2012) Tim Kaine Takes Your Questions (October 2012) What do you hope Kaine accomplishes in his first term? Tell us in the comments. Subscribe to the free daily email newsletter from Fredericksburg Patch.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Kaine said he is "rested and ready."
Tim Kaine was sworn in Thursday as the newest Senator from Virginia. Vice President Joe Biden presided over the mock ceremony after the official one on the Senate floor, and Anne Holton, Kaine's wife, proudly held a Bible as her husband was sworn in as Virginia's junior Senator at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. "I feel wonderful — rested and ready," Kaine said at a reception in his honor at the Hart Senate Office Building. "Life doesn't happen unless you are able to listen and compromise. With this beginning of the 113th Congress, the Senate has 15 newcomers...and I've watched group dynamics just as you have, and when you have that much change it opens the windows and rescrambles assumptions." Kaine then quoted from Abraham Lincoln'…
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Kaine will be sworn into office Jan. 3.
Senator-elect Tim Kaine will serve on three Senate committees, his office announced. They are: Kaine had asked to join Armed Services, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Foreign Relations and Small Business and Entrepreneurship — in that order, according to a recent blog post on The Washington Post Web site. "I am excited to tackle these meaningful committee assignments," Kaine said in a news release. "Because of Virginia's deep connections to the military, through active duty personnel, veterans, military families and the private sector, Virginia needs a strong voice on the Armed Services committee as Congress makes decisions involving our military. "As a member of the Foreign Relations committee, I hope to work with colleagues to …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Virginia cat who ran for Senate is retiring, owners say.
Hank the cat is retiring from politics. In a message on his Facebook page, Hank (via his owners Matthew O'Leary and Anthony Roberts) wrote, "I am taking a break from politics right now because something happened on the campaign trail that I never expected — I began to appreciate the deep understanding of giving to those in need." Through his campaign, Hank raised thousands in donations for pet rescue organizations, Huffington Post DC reported. In his last campaign for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb (which former Gov. Tim Kaine won), Hank received more than 7,000 write-in votes, his owners said. Keep up with news from Fredericksburg with the Patch email newsletter! Sign up here.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Warner says he wants to continue his work in the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., announced Tuesday that he will not run for governor in 2013, saying he wants to continue the work he was sent to do in Washington. Warner, in a statement issued shortly after 3 p.m., said Virginians of all political stripes have approached him over the past year to make the bid — which he said he would consider and then make a decision after the November election. "I’ve talked to a lot of Virginians I respect, and I’ve talked about it with my family," Warner said in a statement. "But when I asked Virginians to hire me as their Senator, I made a promise to come to Washington to try to be a problem solver. I have to admit, it’s been tougher than I expected. But I’ve tried to keep at it." Warner's decision …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Senator tells Associated Press he'll announce decision before Thanksgiving.
Sen. Mark Warner plans to announce before Thanksgiving whether he'll run for governor again, according to the Associated Press. The former governor, a Democrat, served as the Commonwealth's chief executive from 2002 to 2006. Virginia is the only state in the country where a governor cannot succeed himself. Former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe has already thrown his hat in the ring and will face Republicans Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. If Warner walks away from another run for governor, he'll be teaming up in the Senate with the state's soon to be junior senator, Senator-elect Tim Kaine, who served as Warner's lieutenant governor and is himself a former governor of Virginia. In a poll conducted Nov. 8-12 by …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Following his Nov. 6 election loss to Tim Kaine, the longtime politico says it's time to get out of politics.
A fixture in Virginia politics is hanging up his hat. George Allen, the former governor and U.S. senator told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he has "no intention of running for office again." He and wife Susan “put our heart and soul into this campaign,” he told the newspaper. Here in Fredericksburg, Allen lost to Sen.-elect Tim Kaine at every precinct. Allen received 35.26 percent of the City's vote to 64.42 percent for Tim Kaine. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he is "disappointed" to hear that Allen has taken himself out of the political arena after losing his Senate race last week to Tim Kaine. It was the second Senate race Allen lost, after losing his seat to Jim Webb in 2006. "Two big losses in a row make it tough for George …