Tim continues to be a strong supporter of Medicare and Social Security and is committed to making these critical programs work for today’s seniors and future generations.
On the 49th anniversary of the signing of Medicare, Tim spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of the program, calling it “one of the best programs that this nation has ever embraced” and praising reforms included in the Affordable Care Act that helped improve the solvency of Medicare.
He became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006.
Despite serving during the worst recession in 70 years, Tim led the state to national recognition.
In order to get things done for the people of Virginia, Tim has made working across the aisle and finding common ground a top priority.
Tim has partnered with Republicans to help address issues as wide-ranging as unemployment among veterans, campus sexual assault, sea level rise, drug abuse, and K-12 education reform.
While Tim is always working to find common ground with his Republican colleagues, he is also a proud Democrat who isn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes in, from protecting a women’s right to make her own healthcare choices, to ensuring equal pay for equal work, to supporting commonsense policies to prevent gun violence.
Tim grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop in Kansas City.
One of Tim’s top priorities in the Senate has been reversing the harmful, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration that are hurting Virginia businesses and their workers.
As a member of the Budget Committee, Tim supported the two-year bipartisan budget deals passed in 20 that provided relief from sequester cuts and restored certainty to the defense community, businesses, and families across the country.
He also began teaching part-time at the University of Richmond in 1987.
Tim was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city councilmember and then Mayor of Richmond.
Under Tim’s leadership, Virginia was named the best managed state in America, the Best State for Business, and the Best State to Raise a Child.