Recognitions and Awards
Forefront Suicide Prevention recently honored Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, for his role in suicide prevention legislation at its fifth annual suicide awareness dinner fundraiser, Restoring Hope.
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.
Washington State Veterinary Medicine Association
“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
Washington Hospitality Association
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.
Digital Public Schools Alliance
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.
Auburn Valley Humane Society
Senator Fain was recognized for his many years of work in the legislature to prevent animal cruelty, protect animals in hot cars, crack down on animal abusers, and prevent mistreatment to dogs by their being tethered in inhumane condition.
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
Humane Society of Washington
Senator Fain was recognized for sponsoring and securing passage of SB 5501, which will better protect animals who left in hot cars without access to water by giving first responders greater tools to act in those situations.
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.
Senator Fain was recognized by a leader in the shared economy industry for his work to create a stable regulatory framework for ride-share companies in Washington state.
Federal Way Mayor & City Council
In recognition and appreciation for hard work and dedication to the residents of the City of Federal Way, Washington during the historic 2015 legislative session.
ARC of King County Family Coalition
Sen. Joe Fain received the Arc of King County Family Coalition Budget Champion Award for his efforts to protect historic investments in services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
IÑIGUEZ FAMILY ENDOWMENT
Senator Fain was recognized for his "commitment to making college a reality for Washington's Dreamers and for his leadership in the passage of the Real Hope Act.
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.
Community Employment Alliance
Senator Joe Fain (Auburn) was recently honored as an ‘Outstanding Legislator’ by the Community Employment Alliance (CEA) for 2014.
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.
University of Washington
Sen. Joe Fain was recognized by the University of Washington as a “Dedicated Dawg” for his work on the 2013 budget to keep tuition rates from rising at state colleges and universities.
Senator Joe Fain was presented with the Maryann Mitchell Outstanding Public Official Award for 2014. He received the award from the Mainstream Republicans of Washington while attending their 2014 Cascade Conference in Seatac.
Senator Fain was named "Best Public Official" in the 2014 Kent Reporter reader's poll. Finalists included Mayor Suzette Cooke and Councilmembers Dana Ralph and Jim Berrios.
Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce
State Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn, 47th District) received the Bill Kyle Memorial Award for his elected service at the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce's fifth annual Recognition of Service dinner Wednesday at the Muckleshoot Casino.
"Sen. Fain has been a strong advocate for the Auburn-area business community. We are happy to bestow this award on such a well-deserving legislator."
- Nancy Wyatt, Auburn Area Chamber CEO
Multi-Family Housing Association
Senator Fain was recognized on Sept. 26 at WMFHA’s annual Washington Apartment Outlook, an industry event which provides economic forecasts and highlights industry trends. The event gathered over 700 professionals from the multi-family housing industry.
"Since joining the legislature, Senator Fain has proven to be a voice for the multi-family housing industry."
- Jay Olson, WMFHA Board President
Aerospace Futures Alliance
Citing his work on a number of key issues, the Aerospace Futures Alliance has named Sen. Joe Fain (R-Auburn) its Legislator of the Year for 2013. The award was presented during the eighth annual Governor's Aerospace Summit in Everett on Wednesday.
"Sen. Fain has been a true leader for Washington's aerospace industry."
- Linda Lanham, AFA Executive Director
Washington State Housing Finance Commission
Senator Joe Fain, a Republican from the 47th district, has been honored as a “Proud Partner” by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission for his role in protecting downpayment assistance programs for homebuyers.
“Senator Fain’s support was vital to this bill’s success and preserved a program that helps lenders, real-estate agents and homebuyers alike.”
- Kim Herman, Washington Housing Finance Executive Director
Puget Sound Business Journal
A state senator since 2011, he serves as the senate’s majority floor leader and this year helped found the Majority Coalition Caucus, a combination of Democrats and Republicans. A Republican himself, he believes in the strength of bipartisanship, and successfully ran the initiative in King County to make the county government nonpartisan.
Children's Alliance - 2013
Fain led an effort to restore funding for State Food Assistance, which provides grocery money to low-income families with children. Fain worked with his colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives to partially restore program benefits by including an additional $9.4 million in the state's new two-year budget.
"Sen. Fain listened to and learned from parents and families in South King County and then put his leadership to work increasing food assistance for hungry children."
- Jon Gould, Children's Alliance Deputy Director
Kent Area Parent Teacher Assocation
Senator Fain was recognized at the Kent Area PTA Awards Ceremony with the Spirit of Community Award for his dedicated service to the students and families within the Kent School District.
Fain has been a strong advocate for education funding and reform in the state legislature, as well as volunteering and supporting local levy elections for Kent Schools.
ARC of King County Parent Coalition
Sen. Joe Fain has been recognized as an ‘Emerging Leader on Developmental Disabilities’ by The ARC of King County’s Parent Coalition for his work and support in the Legislature.
"This award is well deserved as Fain has been dedicated and involved with the developmental-disability community for several years."
- Trish Borden, Executive Director Trillium Employment Services
Today, the state’s leading small-business association released its voting record for the 62nd Washington State Legislature. The National Federation of Independent Business has named 62 state lawmakers as Guardians of Small Business as a result of their votes during the six sessions of the 2011-12 Legislature.
Kent Chamber of Commerce
Senator Joe Fain and State Representative Dave Upthegrove both received recognition as Government Employees of the Year by the Kent Chamber of Commerce. Each legislator has gone above and beyond in working to help small businesses in Kent grow and thrive during their term in office. The two were presented their award at the annual Kent Chamber Gala at the Showare Center.
Association of Washington Business
Sen. Joe Fain (R -Auburn) received the 2011 Cornerstone Award from AWB Vice President of Government Affairs Gary Chandler.
Congressman Dave Reichert visited Snoqualmie Point Park on Tuesday to present Sate Sens. Joe Fain (R-Auburn), Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island) and Andy Hill (R-Redmond) with an award from the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust honoring their conservation leadership.
Fain (pictured), Litzow and Hill were recognized for reaching across the aisle during the 2011 session to continue funding for a critical wildlife conservation program - the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP).
Covington | Maple Valley | Black Diamond Reporter
Senator Fain was selected by Covington-Maple Valley Reporter readers as the 2011 Public Official of the Year.
Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association
Mt. Rainier High School girls head coach, Joe Fain, was awarded the WISCA state Coach of the Year award during the 2002 State 3A championships at the King County Aquatic Center.
The Coach of the Year Award is voted on by fellow Washington State swim coaches. Fain is the second year coach of the Mt. Rainier program, as well as the coach of the Hazen High School boys program.