Tim Kaine, a US senator from Virginia, has been chosen by Hillary Clinton to be her running mate.
Kaine, 58, has a solid record supporting LGBTI equality during his years in the senate and as governor of Virginia, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
He has supported same-sex marriage since 2013 and is an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act – federal legislation that would guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTI people under existing civil rights laws.
HRC points out that one of Kaine’s first actions as Virginia Governor in 2006 was to sign an executive order adding sexual orientation protections to the non-discrimination policy for state workers.
The vice presidential pick also recently signed onto an amicus brief in a federal court case arguing that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination are prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Kaine has voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA).
Kaine joined the senate just three years ago but prior to that had been Governor of Virginia, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and Mayor of Richmond.
Virginia is a swing state in what is expected to be a bitterly fought presidential election against Republican nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence.
Clinton’s campaign texted the selection of Kaine to supporters Friday afternoon.
‘I’m thrilled to announce my running mate, Tim Kaine, a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others,’ Clinton tweeted.
She went on to describe Kaine as ‘a relentless optimist who believes no problem is unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it.’
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