Jan 20, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Sen. Tim Kaine to seek re-election in 2024

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks during an event in Richmond.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks during an event in Richmond on Jan. 20, 2023. Photo: Ned Oliver/Axios

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) will run for re-election in 2024, he announced Friday.

Why it matters: Kaine's decision comes as Democrats will try to retain control of the chamber amid a challenging 2024 map.

Driving the news: "I’m very happy to announce that I’m going to run for a third term in the senate," Kaine said Friday at a news conference in Richmond, Va.

  • Kaine said seeking a third term was an "unusual decision" that he has been working through since the midterms.
  • "I'm a servant. I love Virginia," he said. "I'm proud of what I've done. I got a whole lot more I want to do."

The big picture: Kaine, a longtime fixture in Virginia politics, has been senator since 2013. In 2016, he served as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential running mate.

  • Kaine also served as lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia.

Zoom out: Democrats will look to defend nearly two dozen Senate seats in 2024, per the Washington Post.

  • Three of those states — Montana, Ohio and West Virginia — favored former President Trump in 2020 by at least eight points, the Post notes.

Editor's note: The photo caption was corrected to reflect the event took place in 2023.

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