George Runner   REPUBLICAN

 George Runner biography:
George Runner was first elected to the State Senate in 2004. As a thoughtful conservative, Runner's priorities in the Legislature are to focus on improving economic prosperity, business growth, education excellence, and family preservation for all Californians.
Prior to his election to the State Senate, Runner served in the State Assembly for three terms, from 1996 to 2002. During this time of service, Runner was involved in developing and implementing real solutions to the challenges Californians face.
Runner authored the well-known Amber Alert in California, which has resulted in numerous successful reunions of parents with their kids. Some of his other successful legislative measures include an improved military families law that provides a permanent exemption from non-resident tuition at all California public universities for active military personnel and their families, the HOV Lane law, that allows High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on State Route 14 available to single-occupancy drivers during non-commuter hours, and the Joint Strike Fighter tax credit which was designed to make California competitive with other states by allowing $250 million in tax credits for wages and equipment used in the production of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). He also authored Proposition 11 in 1998, to allow flexibility for local governments to enter into sales tax revenue sharing agreements and legislation to streamline school funding and create more local control through a pilot program where schools receive block grants.
While in the State Assembly, Runner served all three terms on the Assembly Republican leadership team. First, he served as Minority Whip, then as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee for four consecutive years. In his capacity as the Budget Vice Chair, Runner was successful in negotiating historic tax cuts for Californians, including a 67.5% reduction in the Car Tax, as well as numerous targeted tax credits for various business industries. He also led the fight against the sales tax increase of 2001 and the efforts in 2002 to increase the Car Tax and several other taxes.
Runner also served on many key policy committees, which include: Assembly committees on Appropriations, Health, and Housing and Community Development, as well as the Budget Committee. He served on the Joint Committee on Fairs Allocation and Classification, Select Committee on Aerospace Industry, Select Committee on Palliative Care, Select Committee on Long-Term Planning for Commercial and General Aviation Airport Capacity, and the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education.
Many California groups and organizations have recognized Runner's leadership while serving in the Assembly. Honors received include the following:
Legislator of the Year ì California Aerospace Technology Assn.
Legislator of the Year ì Community College Association
Outstanding Legislator of the Year ì CA State Sheriff's Assn.
Legislator of the Year ì Regional Boys & Girls Club of America
Legislator of the Year ì California Redevelopment Association
Legislator of the Year ì California State University
Legislator of the Year ì League of California Cities
Legislator of the Year ì Council of College & Military Educators
Legislator of the Year ì CA Network of Educational Charters
Runner has also received recognition from numerous local clubs and organizations including the Korean-American Association, Grace Resource Center, Friends of Desert Haven, Antelope Valley Bar Association, Antelope Valley School Boards Association and the Penny Lane Foster Family Agencies. Most recently Runner was awarded the Child Protection Award by UC Davis Children's Hospital for authoring California's Amber Alert law.
Prior to his time in the Assembly, Runner served the City of Lancaster as a Councilman, Vice Mayor and Mayor. During his mayoral term, the California Business Journal named Lancaster California's No. 1 mid-size city with which to do business. In 1977, Runner founded Desert Christian Schools, one of the largest private, interdenominational preschool through high schools in the state. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board.
Runner has held many local leadership positions such as past President of the League of California Cities, Desert/Mountain Division, former Board Member of the Lancaster Economic Development Corporation, and the Antelope Valley YMCA. He is also a member of the Lancaster Rotary.
After attending local public schools in Lancaster, Runner received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands and a graduate certificate in Management from Azusa Pacific University. He married Sharon Oden, and this year they celebrated their 31 st wedding anniversary. They have two children, a son, Micah, and a daughter, Rebekah. Sharon is currently the Assemblywoman for the 36 th Assembly District.
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Jan. 3, 2011: Runner sworn in as an elected member of the California State Board of Equalization.

Nov. 2, 2010: Runner wins election to the Board of Equalization, District 2

2004-2010: Runner serves as a State Senator representing the 17th District

1996-2002: Runner serve as a State Assembly Member representing the 36th District

Last edited by davidduran on March 4, 2011

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