Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton announced Friday that she chose Senator Tim Kaine, a Catholic Jesuit and former missionary, to be her vice-presidential running mate.
The 58-year-old politician who described himself as "boring" and by Politco as "media-savvy," "micro-manager" and a "wonk," grew up a Catholic Jesuit raised by devout Catholic parents.
"If we got back from a vacation on a Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., they would know the one church in Kansas City that had an 8 p.m. Mass that we can make," shared Kaine in an interview with C-Span on how dedicated his parents were to their faith.
Kaine himself openly talks about his Christian faith even as a politician and considers it one of the most important things in life.
"My faith is central to everything I do," he told Patch. "My faith position is a Good Samaritan position of trying to watch out for the other person."
He also told C-Span, "I do what I do for spiritual reasons. I'm always thinking about the momentary reality but also how it connects with bigger matters of what's important in life."
The father of three spent a year as a missionary in Honduras between 1980 and 1981 and volunteered to teach carpentry and welding at a vocational school to teenage boys. He considered his year-long missionary work as a "powerful faith experience" as well as "transformative" next to his role as a family man. He added that being a missionary gave him a sense of purpose in life and helped shape the way he saw his country.
Married for over 30 years with wife Anne Holton, the couple attend St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, a largely African-American congregation in Richmond, Virginia. Kaine also serves as Tenor to the church choir.
Although the Catholic senator confessed to personally stand against abortion, death penalty and same-sex marriage, his political record said otherwise. Kaine supported abortion as women's rights, voted in favor of same-sex marriage and gay adoption subsequently, and approved 11 state executions.