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.
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
In 2008, Joe sponsored the initiative to reform King County government, successfully making county offices nonpartisan. King County voters overwhelmingly approved Fain’s reform measure, with the support of the nonpartisan Municipal League, the Seattle Times, no fewer than three dozen city councilmembers and mayors, and over 64 percent of 47th District voters.
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’s wife, Steffanie, is an associate with a Seattle Law Firm and a former judicial extern at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. Steffanie, a breast cancer survivor, is an active volunteer with Susan G. Komen Puget Sound and the Northwest affiliate of Young Survival Coalition. She was also chosen to serve as a spokesperson for Under Armour’s nationwide breast cancer awareness campaign. Steffanie and Joe enjoy Seahawk football and Sounders soccer, and first met following the Seahawks’ razor-thin two point victory over the Rams in 2006.
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.
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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Joe shares his wife’s passion for raising cancer awareness. As a former board member and annual volunteer emcee for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Joe also raises funds and participates in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Joe’s has also been involved in the South King County Multiservice Center, the Trade Development Alliance of greater Seattle, and as a youth Taekwondo instructor; he has also served as a volunteer instructor for the American Red Cross of King County.