RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is reflecting on the recent presidential election and talking about his plans for himself and Virginia going forward.
Richmond's hometown senator went from practically unknown to a household name overnight when he was named as Democratic presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton's running mate this past summer.
After months of campaigning, the pair lost the presidency and vice presidency to Republican candidates Donald Trump and Mike Pence. This election is the first election the former Richmond City Council member, Richmond mayor, lieutenant governor, governor and now senator ever lost in his career that spans over two decades.
"Look, it would have been hard even if I had not won every other election," Kaine said. "We won Virginia so handily, and we won the popular vote. We'll probably win the popular vote by more than 2 million. So, to win the popular vote and Virginia and lose, that almost seems mathematically impossible."
However, the pair lost and although the Electoral College has yet to weigh in, Hillary Clinton conceded to her opponent.
"It may be made it easier that we did so well in Virginia and I was like, OK, I held up my end of the bargain and it also made it easier to have work to go back to right away." Kaine said.
Kaine and his wife Anne Holton took a vacation to the Outer Banks after the election, but since then, Kaine has been back working in the Senate, sponsoring and co-sponsoring multiple bills.
"If anything I think the work has gotten even more important," Kaine said.
The work is specifically important for the Democratic senator who is presenting bills in a Republican controlled Congress and soon, under Republican President-Elect Donald Trump.
Kaine's first bill since losing the election is co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and will work to curb anti-Semitism in Europe.
"The first bill I put in coming back from the trail was this bill with Senator Rubio," Kaine said. "I always feel like finding a co-sponsor in the other party is my test. If it's a good idea, I ought to find someone in the other party willing to sponsor it and if I can't, maybe it's not such a good idea."
Kaine has also been working on the defense bill as part of the Armed Services Committee, cyber-defense, the issue of ship building and working with military families.
"I'm going to continue primarily working on armed services and policy issues, career and technical education which I'm real passionate about," Kaine said. "And on the budget … how do you have a budget to grow the economy and expand wages?"
Kaine does not plan to run for the presidency in 2020, but will run for the US Senate again in 2018.
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