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 Transportation, Early Learning and K-12 Education, Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance and Rules committees. Fain also serves as vice chair of the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee.
Fain, the state’s youngest elected senator, has quickly become a leader on transportation and education. He serves on the transportation budget-writing team and the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Funding, which is tasked with finding solutions for properly funding basic education.
In only two years in office Fain has been widely recognized for his efforts on a variety of issues, most recently 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 and as “2012 Government Employee of the Year” by the Kent Chamber of Commerce.
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.