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 4
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 BA from the University of Washington and a JD/MBA 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:


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. [1]



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.[2][3]

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


In 2010, the year Fain first won election to the Senate, he collected $362,366 in donations.[4]

His three largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Senate Republican Campaign Committee of Washington $52,146
Washington State Republican Party $41,212
King County Republican Central Committee $20,000


Fain lives in Auburn with his wife, Steffanie.


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. [5]


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.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Claudia Kauffman
Washington State Senate District 47
Succeeded by
[[Category:Current member, Washington State Senate