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Tim is a strong advocate for Virginia’s farmers. Agriculture and forestry comprise the largest industry in the Commonwealth, contributing $91 billion to the economy and supporting more than 334,000 jobs. He supports a robust farm safety net, protecting our natural resources, and defending federal nutrition assistance that helps the neediest among us.
Tim supports a smart and balanced approach to budgeting that funds our national defense, children’s health care, education, substance abuse prevention, and other key programs. He has become a leader in helping Congress come to bipartisan spending agreements that fund these critical priorities.
As a former civil rights attorney, Tim has spent his career fighting for the rights of all Americans. He and his wife Anne have dedicated their careers to making Virginia a place that provides equal opportunity for everyone, and he’ll keep fighting in Congress until the federal government ensures equal voting rights, equal pay, and protection against discrimination no matter one’s race, sex, nation of origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age.
Tim believes that we must improve access to quality education if we want to prepare students and workers for success in the modern economy. He supports smart investments in education—from early childhood education to college and workforce training—and has learned through years of experience in Virginia that no one path is right for everyone.
From the Chesapeake Bay to the Cumberland Gap, Virginia’s great outdoors are a priceless treasure that Tim is determined to safeguard for future generations to enjoy. Tim has long been an outspoken leader in support of clean energy and other policies to combat climate change.
Tim is a strong supporter of commonsense steps to reduce gun violence. In the Senate, he has been a leading voice calling on his colleagues to listen to the overwhelming majority of Americans and finally pass legislation that will make communities safer.
Tim believes that health care is a right. He remains committed to protecting the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid, and improving the health care system to give all Americans access to quality, affordable health care. As a member of the HELP Committee, he’s fought for legislation to give Americans more options for affordable health insurance, lower the cost of prescription drugs, support caregivers, and combat the opioid epidemic.
Tim is proud that the United States is a nation of immigrants. Since the nation’s founding, those who have come to this country from around the world have been integral to our society. Virginia is home to over one million immigrants, making up 13% of the Commonwealth’s population and about 17% of Virginia’s workforce. Their skills and hard work are critical in ensuring that the United States and our Commonwealth continue to grow and prosper.
Tim is focused on creating economic opportunity for all Virginians. He believes that by improving education and job training, supporting small businesses, raising wages, providing tax relief to low- and middle-income families, and investing in new industries, the United States will continue to be a global economic leader.
Tim knows that the Commonwealth plays a huge role in helping the nation meet our national security challenges and he has been instrumental in ensuring that our military installations have the resources they need to keep the country safe.
Tim supports improvements to our nation’s infrastructure that create jobs and improve daily life for families across Virginia. In the Senate, he has successfully pushed to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which makes a significant federal investment to improve roads, bridges, rail (including Metro), water, and broadband.
Tim has made it a top priority in the Senate to support veterans, servicemembers, and their families. There is no state more closely connected to the military than Virginia. The map of the Commonwealth is rich with military history: Yorktown, Appomattox, the Pentagon, and more than 20 military installations.