While much of the focus remains on public school students in traditional classroom settings, thousands also embrace alternative options including online learning, for which Sen. Joe Fain was recognized as a “Champion for Kids” by the Digital Public Schools Alliance.
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Chamber's top recognition for elected officials is named after former a Senator and a friend and colleague of Fain's. Fain’s recognition stemmed from his work to pass the state’s 2015 transportation infrastructure investments and efforts to close the educational opportunity gap by creating a more equitable public school system.
Senator Fain will join a nationally-selected group of 24 elected officials to participate in a two-year fellowship designed to bring together lawmakers who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse.
Early Learning Action Alliance
Sen. Joe Fain received the “Crayon Award” from the Early Learning Action Alliance during the Fall Family Child Care Conference held Saturday at Auburn’s Green River College. Fain was recognized for his work to expand access to and improve the quality of early learning in Washington state after co-sponsoring the Early Start Act in 2015 and championing opportunities for the state’s youngest learners.
Arc of King County’s Parent and Family Coalition
“Sen. Fain is a leading advocate in Olympia for individuals with developmental disabilities,” said Stacy Gillett, executive director of The Arc of King County. “We are so grateful he has made our legislative issues a priority for his caucus. Everyone should have a life of their choosing, and Sen. Fain is helping us make that a reality.”
- Stacy Gillett, Executive Director ARC of King County
Association of Washington Cities
The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington's 281 cities and towns, presented Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn) with a City Transportation award for his efforts to enact a transportation package during the 2015 legislative session.
Community Employment Alliance
Senator Fain was recognized as one of this year's Outstanding Legislators, his second year in a row. The award goes to legislators who have made exceptional efforts to support employment for people with disabilities. During the 2015 session, Fain protected funding for the VIP Act, which funds employment services for 1,000 people with developmental disabilities.
Washington Coalition for Open Government
The Washington Coalition for Open Government presented its 2014 Ballard/Thompson Award to Senate Majority Floor Leader Joe Fain. The award honors a member of the state legislature who demonstrated outstanding dedication to the cause of open government during the previous legislative session.
The League of Women Voter
The League of Women Voters recently honored Senator Joe Fain with the "Sunshine Award" for his work to improve access to public records during the 2014 legislative session.
The award was presented at the annual League of Women Voters TOAST! To the Candidates breakfast at the Westin in Seattle.
Arc of King County Parent Coalition
Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn) and House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (D-Covington) recently were honored for their legislative efforts on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities.
"As a leading advocate in the Senate for employment for individuals with developmental disabilities, Sen. Fain has dedicated his support by making it a priority for his caucus."
- Joe Cunningham, ARC of King County
Graduate Washington Recognizes Senator Joe Fain as ‘Higher Education Champion’
“Not so far removed from college himself, Joe Fain clearly understands the challenges that are facing this generation of current and prospective college student. He has been an advocate for important pipeline programs such as Running Start, which ease the transition from K-12 to post-secondary education and lessen the burden on students and families. One of the legislators responsible for the recent tuition freeze, Fain is an important voice for students in the State Senate."
Council of Metropolitan Police & Sheriffs
Senator Fain was recognized by the Council of Metropolitan Police and Sheriffs (COMPAS) as its 2014 Legislator of the Year for his ongoing dedication to law enforcement officers statewide.
"We are grateful for Senator Fain's unwavering concern for the well-being of the brave men and women who serve our communities. We believe that his work in the recent legislative session, as well as previous sessions, shows his continued, steadfast support for law enforcement officers in our state."
- Renee Maher, COMPAS Executive Director
COVINGTON | MAPLE VALLEY | BLACK DIAMOND REPORTER
Senator Fain was named "Best Public Official" in the 2014 Covington / Maple Valley Reporter reader's poll. Finalists included Black Diamond City Councilmember Andy Williamson, Covington Mayor Margaret Harto, and Maple Valley City Councilmember Victoria Jonas.