Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator for Virginia and former Virginia Governor, will deliver this year’s commencement address during the 2013 graduation exercises at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 beginning at 11 a.m. It will be held the Warner Center gymnasium because of weather. The event is open to the public. A complete schedule of events is available at the commencement website.
Senator Kaine was elected to the United States Senate in 2012, continuing a distinguished career as a public servant. He began his political life in 1994, running for Richmond City Council, serving as a Councilman and Mayor. In 2001, Senator Kaine was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, working for four years with then-Governor, now Senator, Mark Warner.
In 2005, Senator Kaine was elected Virginia's 70th Governor. During his time as Governor, Virginia was honored as the "Best Managed State in America" (Governing Magazine), the "Best State for Business" (Forbes.com, four years in a row) and the best state to raise a child (Education Week).
In 2008-09, Senator Kaine served as Chairman of the Southern Governors' Association and from 2009-2011 as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Senator Kaine is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Harvard Law School. He practiced law for 18 years in Richmond, specializing in fair housing representation. During this time, he also taught at the University of Richmond.