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Senator Joe Fain represents the 47th Legislative District in the Washington Legislature.  A fourth-generation Washingtonian, Fain has been serving South King County residents for more than a decade.

In 2010 Fain was elected to the state Senate, where he serves on the TransportationEarly Learning and K-12 EducationFinancial Institutions, Housing and Insurance and Rules committees. Fain also serves as chair of the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee.

Fain has quickly become a leader on transportation and education. He serves on the transportation budget-writing team and as the Senate Majority Floor Leader.

After only three years in office Fain has been widely recognized for his efforts on a variety of issues, including as an “Emerging Leader on Developmental Disabilities” by the ARC of King County’s Parent Coalition, as a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, with the “Spirit of Community Award” from the Kent Parent Teacher Association, as “2012 Government Employee of the Year” by the Kent Chamber of Commerce, by the Children’s Alliance as a 2013 Legislative Champion, and by the Aerospace Futures Alliance as 2013 Legislator of the Year.

Fain is an active community member and serves on the board of directors for Auburn Youth Resources, the Auburn Public Schools Foundation, and the Highline Community College Foundation. He also was an award-winning high school swim coach for the Highline and Renton school districts.

Prior to his election Fain served more than a decade in local government, most recently as chief of staff for District 7 of the King County Council. In 2008 he sponsored a county-wide reform initiative, which passed overwhelmingly to make King County Council positions non-partisan.

Fain earned his juris doctorate and master of business administration degrees from Seattle University after graduating from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He lives in Auburn with his wife Steffanie.

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Future South Sound leaders get firsthand look at Legislature
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Future South Sound leaders get firsthand look at Legislature
Sen. Joe Fain hosted the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound on Wednesday at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia where they heard from elected officials and legislative leaders, toured the capitol campus and experienced how an idea becomes a law. The program prepares local business people, government officials and community members for...
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WA tuition increases second highest in nation before Senate froze rates
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WA tuition increases second highest in nation before Senate froze rates
Sen. Joe Fain with students and faculty from Highline Community College. A new study released May 1 showed that students at Washington’s public colleges and universities faced the second highest tuition increase in the country following the economic recession in 2008. Despite the substantial cost shift to students and families,...
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Foster youth support enhanced through proven program
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Foster youth support enhanced through proven program
When foster youth turn 19 years old they often face a difficult transition into adulthood, which the state Legislature has tried to address in recent years through extended services. Sen. Joe Fain has worked to pass legislation since 2012 – most recently during the 2014 session – to extend foster...
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Fain recognized with Bill Kyle Memorial Award
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Fain recognized with Bill Kyle Memorial Award
The Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 5th Annual “Recognition of Service” dinner on Wednesday evening, where Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn was presented with the Bill Kyle Memorial Award for his elected service. “Senator Fain has been a strong advocate for the Auburn-area business community,” said Auburn Area...
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