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Joe Fain

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Joe Fain
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Washington State Senate District 47
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Majority Floor Leader, Washington State Senate
Base salary$42,106/year
Per diem$90/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Washington
Master'sSeattle University
J.D.Seattle University
Office website
Joe Fain is a Republican member of the Washington State Senate, representing District 47. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Beginning in 2013, Fain serves as Majority Floor Leader.


Fain holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a J.D./M.B.A. from Seattle University. Prior to his election, Fain worked as Chief of Staff for King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, and coached high school swim teams in Highline and Renton School Districts.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Fain served on the following committees:

Washington Committee Assignments, 2013
Early Learning & K-12 Education
Energy, Environment & Telecommunications
Financial Institutions & Insurance


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Fain served on the following committees:



See also: Washington State Senate elections, 2010

Joe Fain was elected to the Washington State Senate District 47 seat in 2010. He ran unopposed in the August 17 primary. He defeated Democrat Claudia Kauffman in the November 2, 2010, general election.

Washington State Senate, District 47 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Joe Fain (R) 25,387 54.99%
Claudia Kauffman (D) 20,782 45.01%
Washington State Senate, District 47 Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent

Green check mark transparent.png Joe Fain (R) 14,024 55.64 %
Green check mark transparent.png Claudia Kauffman (D) 11,183 44.36%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fain is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Fain raised a total of $378,244 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 30, 2013.[1]

Joe Fain's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Washington State Senate, District 47 Not up for election $15,878
2010 Washington State Senate, District 47 Won $362,366
Grand Total Raised $378,244


Fain was not up for election to the Washington State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Fain raised a total of $15,878.


Fain won election to the Washington State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Fain raised a total of $362,366.


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Joe Fain endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]


Missed Votes Report

See also: Washington House of Representatives and Washington State Senate

In March 2014, Washington Votes, the state’s premier legislative information website, released its annual Missed Votes Report, which provides detailed missed roll call votes on bills for every state legislator during the 2014 legislative session.[3] The 2014 regular session included a total of 515 votes in the State House and 396 in the State Senate, as well as 1,372 bills introduced total in the legislature and 237 bills passed. Out of all roll call votes, 90 individual legislators did not miss any votes. 3 individual legislators missed more than 50 votes.[3] Fain missed 0 votes in a total of 1017 roll calls.

Freedom Foundation

See also: Freedom Foundation's Big Spender List

The Freedom Foundation releases its Big Spender List annually. The Institute ranks all Washington legislators based on their total proposed tax and fee increases. To find each legislator’s total, the Institute adds up the 10-year tax increases or decreases, as estimated by Washington’s Office of Financial Management, of all bills sponsored or co-sponsored by that legislator.[4]


Fain proposed a 10-year increase in state taxes and fees of $45.8 million, the 26th highest amount of proposed new taxes and fees of the 46 Washington state senators on the Freedom Foundation’s 2012 Big Spender List.

See also: Washington Freedom Foundation Legislative Scorecard

The Freedom Foundation also issued its 2012 Informed Voter Guide for Washington State voters, including a legislative score card documenting how Washington State legislators voted upon bills the Foundation deemed important legislation. The legislation analyzed covered budget, taxation, and pension issues.[5] A Approveda sign indicates a bill more in line with the Foundation's stated goals, and a Defeatedd sign indicates a bill out of step with the Foundation's values. Here's how Fain voted on the specific pieces of legislation:

2012 Senate Scorecard - Joe Fain
Bill #6636 (Balanced budget requirement)Approveda Bill #5967 (Senate Republicans budget)Approveda Bill #6582 (Local transportation tax increases)Defeatedd Bill #6378 (Pension reforms)Approveda


Fain lives in Auburn with his wife, Steffanie.

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Preceded by
Claudia Kauffman
Washington State Senate District 47
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