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George Runner


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-05-1996 Republican AD-36 78383 Win
11-03-1998 Republican AD-36 64221 Win
11-07-2000 Republican AD-36 90712 Win
11-02-2004 Republican SD-17 179992 Win
11-04-2008 Republican SD-17 182295 Win
11-02-2010 Republican SBOE2 1189504 Win
11-04-2014 Republican SBOE1 984604 Win

Candidate Biography:

George Cyril Runner, Jr.
Born: March 25, 1952 in Scotia, New York
Married: Sharon Runner (m. 1973, d. 2016), Pamela L. Jessup (m. 2017)
Children: Micah and Rebekah

1992-1995: Member, Lancaster City Council
1995-1996: Mayor, City of Lancaster (Lancaster's first popularly elected Mayor)
2004-2009: Minority Caucus Chair, California State Senate
2008: Opponent, Proposition 1A [High Speed Rail Bonds] (Passed; 52.6%)
2010: Resigned from the State Senate on December 21.
2012: Delegate, Republican National Convention

  • LEGISLATION: Author of Proposition 83 (2006) which implemented strict laws regarding sex offenders.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of Proposition 6 (2008), which provides for various gang prevention, rehabilitation, and penalty measures.
  • LEGISLATION: Author of SB 944 (Chapt 114, Stats of 2010) designated the second Wednesday in May as the Day of the Teacher, April 21 as John Muir Day, April 6th as California Poppy Day, May 22nd as Harvey Milk Day, March 30th as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, and February 6th as Ronald Reagan Day.
  • LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: George and Sharon Runner were the first married couple to serve in the legislature concurrently (in different houses).

Source: California Blue Book (2000)