Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
Senator Fain was recognized for his steadfast support for providing the needed resources to train public safety officers in Washington State.
“When you hug your dog tonight, tell it the story of Senator Joe Fain. He sponsored the measure creating humane standards for the tethering or chaining of dogs. Someone once wrote that the definition of a good person is one who scratches a dog where a dog can’t scratch itself. Dogs can’t write legislation, either. The WSVMA is proud to have backed Senator Joe Fain’s bill, now signed into law. If dogs could vote, Joe would have a home for life.”
- Dr. Kathy Hickey, WSVMA President
This year Sen. Joe Fain was the biggest champion on Paid Family and Medical Leave. Fain is the prime sponsor of legislation that passed, which was a compromise between two bills addressing the issue. With his keen insight during the negotiation process Washington now has the best law in the nation for both businesses and employees.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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."