|Member of the California State Board of Equalization from the 2nd District|
|January 3, 2011 - Present|
|California State Senate District 17|
|December 6, 2004 – December 21, 2010|
|California State Assembly District 36|
|December 2, 1996 – November 30, 2002|
Senator Runner was re-elected to the 17th Senate Seat in November 2008. His term would have ended in 2012 but he resigned on December 21, 2010 after winning election to California's 5 member Board of Equalization.
Prior to his election to the state senate, Runner was a member of the California State Assembly from 1998-2002 and a mayor and city council representative in Lancaster, California.
Runner earned a B.S. from the University of Redlands in 1991 and a graduate certificate in management from Azua Pacific University.
Runner's seat was not up for election in 2010.
In 2008 Runner was re-elected to the California State Senate, District 17. He finished with 182,295 votes while his opponent Hannah-Beth Jackson finished with 150,060 votes. Runner raised $556,135 for his campaign fund.
|California State Senate, District 17|
|George Runner (R)||182,295|
|Bruce David McFarland||150,060|
In 2008 Runner raised $556,135 in campaign donations. His top five donors are listed below.
|Stirling Capital Investments LLC||$7,200|
|Farmers Insurance Group||$6,600|
|California Staff Assault Task Force||$6,300|
|Bank of America||$6,200|
|California Bankers Association||$6,200|
Photo ID to vote
Runner is a sponsor of a potential 2010 ballot proposition, the California Photo ID to Vote Initiative (2010). In October 2009, he filed a lawsuit against the office of the California Attorney General, alleging that the ballot title written by that office for the "Photo ID to Vote" measure that would require people to show a picture ID before they could vote is misleading.
Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.
On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Runner ranked as a 3.
Senator Runner on the California budget
Runner served on these standing Senate committees:
- Banking, Finance and Insurance (Vice Chair).
- Environmental Quality
- Revenue and Taxation
- Budget and Fiscal Review
- Human Services
17th District profile
The 17th District includes California's Antelope Valley, most of the Victor Valley, and parts of the High Desert, Santa Clarita, the northern San Fernando Valley and northern Ventura County.
The 17th includes portions of three counties, as well as a handful of voters from a fourth, Kern County. Most of the district's population lives in Los Angeles County, primarily in Lancaster, Palmdale, Santa Clarita, and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles city portion of the 17th District includes the neighborhoods of Chatsworth, Grenada Hills, Northridge, Sunland, Sun Valley, and Tujunga.
In San Bernardino County, the district covers Apple Valley, Hesperia, Mountain View, Victorville and Wrightwood.
- George Runner's campaign website
- Official website of State Senator George Runner
- Legislative profile of George Runner on Project Vote Smart
- Biographical profile of George Runner on Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 1998 (Assembly), 2000 (Assembly), 2004 (senate), 2006 and 2008 (senate)
- George Runner on Facebook
- George Runner on Twitter
- California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
- Campaign donations
- Sacramento Bee, "Sen. Runner sues Brown over photo ID ballot measure summary," October 21, 2009
- Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
- Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
- Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
- Senate standing committee on Banking, Finance and Insurance
- Senate Environmental Quality committee membership list
- Senate Appropriations committee membership list
- Senate Standing Committee on Revenue and Taxation
- Overview of Senate District 17
|California State Senate 17
| Succeeded by|
Sharon Runner (R)