A fourth generation Washingtonian, Joe Fain represents South King County’s 47th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate.
Senator Fain was first elected to the state Senate in 2010 and was re-elected to a second term in 2014. He is currently a member of the Ways and Means, Rules, and Health and Long Term Care Committees, and previously served as vice chair of the Transportation and Early Learning and K-12 Education Committees and as a long-term member of the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee. Fain also fills the role of Minority Floor Leader after serving as Majority Floor Leader from 2013 through 2017.
Fain is an active community member and has volunteered on the boards of directors for Auburn Youth Resources, the Auburn Public Schools Foundation, Sports in Schools, and the Highline Community College Foundation. He was an award-winning high school swim coach for the Highline and Renton school districts.
During his time in the Legislature Fain has been widely recognized as a leader on education and budget issues, and was the prime sponsor of landmark legislation to create a statewide paid family and medical leave program in 2017 after convening a bipartisan group of lawmakers and representatives of the business and labor communities. Fain has also sponsored and passed legislation to increase protections for victims of sexual assault, combat animal cruelty, and extend foster care services to more young adults in need.
Fain served more than a decade in local government, including as staff with the King County Council and as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. Following his time as a prosecutor, Fain used his experience to sponsor two successful bills to ensure more appropriate penalties for DUI offenders.
In 2008 he sponsored a countywide 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, son Moxon, and dog Waffles.