Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) has reportedly announced his intention to compete for a third Senate term in 2024, putting an end to uncertainty about his political future.
During a Friday appearance in Richmond, the 64-year-old politician announced his plans while standing next to his wife, former Virginia Education Secretary Anne Holton.
Prior to his announcement, sources indicated that there was growing concern within the Democratic Party about the possibility of an open seat if Kaine decided not to run for re-election to another six-year term.
The Democrats lost control of the House in the 2022 midterm elections.
However, they still have a fragile grip on the Senate thanks to three independents.
Kaine’s resume includes positions as governor of Virginia, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and mayor of Richmond.
He was also Hillary Clinton’s running partner during her lost presidential bid in 2016.
Virginia as a state has shifted more and more liberal politically in recent years.
However Republicans demonstrated in 2021 that they still maintained strength in the state with major victories including the election of Governor Glenn Youngkin (R).