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Sources: Virginia governor tapped for DNC chair

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  • Democratic officials: Obama has tapped Gov. Tim Kaine to be DNC chairman
  • Kaine will serve part-time until his term as governor expires, officials say
  • Kaine was among first prominent Democratic leaders to endorse Obama last year
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(CNN) -- President-elect Barack Obama has tapped Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine to serve as the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, replacing former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, two Democratic officials told CNN Sunday.

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine claps during an August campaign event for Barack Obama in Virginia.

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine claps during an August campaign event for Barack Obama in Virginia.

Kaine, who was mentioned as a possible running mate for Obama during the presidential race, will serve on a part-time basis until his term as governor expires in a year, the officials said.

Kaine was one of the first prominent Democratic leaders to endorse Obama during last year's primaries.

There was no immediate comment Sunday from Obama's transition team or Kaine's spokesman.

Before being elected governor in 2005, Kaine served as lieutenant governor and mayor of Richmond.

He is married and has three children.

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