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About Joe

Joe has become deeply involved in many issues crucial to south King County. Joe is an experienced civic leader who has worked to control spending, improve education, and promote government accountability.

Government Experience

joe podium Joe was elected to the State Senate in 2010, and currently sits on the Early Learning and Education Committee; the Financial, Housing, and Insurance Committee; and serves as Deputy Ranking on the Transportation Committee.

Prior to his election, Joe worked nearly a decade in all three branches of King County government, most recently as Chief of Staff for Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer.

Joe is a strong advocate on issues crucial to south King County. In 2007, he was involved in creating the King County Flood Control District, successfully advocating for funds to shore up levees along the Green River. Joe has also been a strong advocate for transportation projects in the 47th district, particularly those that would improve traffic flow through key freight corridors such as Highway 167 from Renton to Tacoma.↓ Read More


joe family A fourth generation Washingtonian, the Fain family has built strong roots in the community.

Joe’s mother, Geraldine, is a longtime assistant superintendent for public schools in south King County. She also serves as the incoming president of Highline Medical Center, and was Seafair Queen in 1964. Joe’s father, Dick Sr., is a past Rotary president, retired public school principal, and retired Lt. Cmdr. in the U.S. Navy. Joe’s brother, Dick Jr., is the voice of the Seattle Storm and works as an on-air personality for one of Seattle’s sports radio stations.↓ Read More


joe stadium After graduating from south King County’s Mt. Rainier High School, Joe earned his BA from the University of Washington. He continued his studies while working full-time for the King County Council, attending evening classes at Seattle University, where he earned an MBA and a law degree.


komen Joe is an active member of the south County community. He was an award-winning high school swim coach for the Highline and Renton school districts, and was recognized as Washington State Coach of the Year in 2002.

He is also active on education issues. In 2006, Joe co-chaired a boundary review committee for the Kent and Auburn school districts, served as mentor for the Aviation High School, and currently sits on the foundation board of directors for Highline Community College. He is also on the board of Auburn Youth Resources, a nonprofit organization that provides treatment and counseling for at-risk youth throughout the region.
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