Who Is Abner Linwood Holton Jr.? Tim Kaine's Father-In-Law Is Also His Political Hero
Long before Tim Kaine served as governor of Virginia in 2006, and long before presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton announced that she was selecting Kaine as her running mate in the 2016 presidential race, Tim Kaine's father-in-law, Abner Linwood Holton Jr., served as the governor of the "Old Dominion." Abner is the father of current Virginia Education Secretary Anne Holton, who married Kaine in 1984. In short? There must be a lot of politics talk around the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Now 92 years old, Abner was, funnily enough, a Republican governor between 1970 and 1974. He is known for making a passionate push for civil rights immediately after he took office in January 1970, and he placed his children in Richmond schools that were, at the time, largely black. Kaine has praised his father-in-law's strides towards integrating public schools in Virginia: "He changed Virginia from a state that was looking backward to a state that started to look forward," he said last year on C-SPAN's American Profile series.
Tim himself practiced as a lawyer, specializing in civil rights cases regarding fair housing, before ultimately going into politics.
Although initially a Republican, Abner became more left-leaning after leaving the governor's office. (His son-in-law has been described by The New York Times as a "centrist" Democrat.)
Like his father-in-law, Tim attended Harvard Law School — which is where he met his wife-to-be, Anne Holton. Anne herself was a judge in juvenile court before becoming First Lady of Virginia, and has been Virginia's Secretary of Education since 2014.
Here's Anne and Tim with, of all people, Clinton's former primary opponent Martin O'Malley.
The couple live with their three kids in the Richmond home they've lived in since marrying more than 30 years ago, according to Heavy.
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