Sharon Runner

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Sharon Runner
California State Senate, District 21
In office
March 19, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 5, 2016
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionMarch 17, 2015
First electedMarch 17, 2015
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Senate, District 17
California State Assembly
Date of birthMay 17, 1954
Place of birthLos Angeles, CA
Office website
Personal website
Sharon Runner is a Republican member of the California State Senate, representing District 21. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on March 17, 2015.[1]

She previously served in the California State Senate, representing District 17 from 2011 to 2012. Runner was elected in a February 15, 2011, special election. The seat was formerly held by Runner's husband, George Runner (R), who resigned in December 2010 to take a position on the State Board of Equalization.[2]

Runner served in the California State Assembly from 2002 to 2008 and held the position of Assistant Republican Leader.


Runner was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Antelope Valley. In 1977, she became a co-founder of Desert Christian Schools, one of California's largest private schools. She went on to found The Runner Group, a public relations/marketing company. While serving in the assembly, Runner authored Jessica's Law which imposed new restrictions on sexual predators. After leaving the California State Assembly, Runner became vice-president of California Women Lead which provides bi-partisan support for women seeking public office. In addition, she serves as President of the board of California's Women's Leadership Association, and served as co-chair for Meg Whitman's gubernatorial campaign. She is married to her husband George Runner. She has two children.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Runner served on these committees:



See also: California state legislative special elections, 2015

Sharon Runner (R) was unopposed in the primary election on March 17.[1] Because she was the only candidate, the special election on May 19 was called off.

The seat was vacant following Stephen Knight's (R) election to Congress.[3]

A special election for the position of California State Senate District 21 was initially called for May 19. A primary election took place on March 17, 2015. Because there was only one candidate, the special election scheduled for May 19 was not necessary. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 23, 2015.[4]


See also: California state legislative special elections, 2011

Runner defeated Darren Parker (D) in the February 15 special election for California State Senate District 17.[5] Since only two candidates appeared on the ballot, Runner avoided the special runoff election originally scheduled for April 19.[6]

The election was the first to follow the new primary structure created by Proposition 14 which passed in June of 2010.[7][8] Under the new rules, all candidates will participate in a single primary with the top two candidates (unless one gets more than 50% of the vote) moving to a runoff in the general election. All registered voters may vote in the primary.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Stephen Knight (R)
California State Senate District 21
Succeeded by
Preceded by
George Runner (R)
California State Senate 17
Succeeded by
Bill Monning (D)