Former governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine will hire a well known face in Virginia politics to oversee his U.S. Senate campaign next year.
Mike Henry, who ran Kaine’s gubernatorial campaign in 2005 and Mark R. Warner’s Senate campaign in 2008, will run Kaine’s race, the former governor’s campaign will announce Thursday.
“I’m proud to announce that Mike Henry will be joining our team as campaign manager,’’ Kaine said. “His expertise when it comes to Virginia is unmatched. I look forward to seeing the campaign benefit from Mike’s extraordinary leadership.”
Henry has been working as senior director of U.S. field operations for ONE, the Bono-founded global campaign, since the 2009 elections, when he worked for gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and later attorney general candidate Steve Shannon.
He’s been doing some volunteer work for Kaine in recent months, but will join the campaign full-time Aug. 1 after he can get everything worked out at ONE.
Henry is a veteran of Virginia politics. After working for Virginia House and Senate Democratic caucuses in the 1990s, Henry led the state Democratic party’s coordinated campaign effort when Warner ran for governor in 2001.
In 2006, Henry ran the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee independent expenditure effort, which spent tens of millions of dollars on television ads to help the party retake control of the Senate. In Virginia, the ads helped Democratic Sen. Jim Webb keep pace with former senator George Allen’s initial fundraising advantage.
Henry joined then-Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2008, but resigned after a staff shake-up following her poor showing in the Potomac primaries.
Kaine, so far, does not face a primary opponent, but Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) continues to say he may run.
Kaine will also announce the following appointments Thursday: Eli Kaplan will be new media consultant, Warren Thompson treasurer, Jody Wagner deputy treasurer and Austin Ligon finance chair.