Senator Joe Fain represents the 47th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, Fain has been serving South King County residents for more than a decade.
Senator Fain was first elected to the state Senate in 2010 and was re-elected to a second term in 2014. He is a member of the Transportation, Early Learning and K-12 Education, Financial Institutions & Insurance and Rules committees. Fain also serves on the Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee. He is also the vice chair of the transportation budget and a member of Senate Leadership as Majority Floor Leader.
During his first Senate term from 2010-2014 Fain was 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.
He was recognized by the Washington Coalition for Open Government as the 2014 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 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.