George Runner

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George Runner
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Member of the California State Board of Equalization from the 2nd District
In office
January 3, 2011 - Present
Prior offices
California State Senate District 17
December 6, 2004 – December 21, 2010
California State Assembly District 36
December 2, 1996 – November 30, 2002
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George Runner (b. 1952) is a member of the California Board of Equalization elected in 2010. He was a Republican member of the California State Senate, a position to which he was first elected in November 2004. Runner represented California's 17th Senate District.

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.[1] Runner raised $556,135 for his campaign fund.

California State Senate, District 17
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png George Runner (R) 182,295
Bruce David McFarland 150,060

Campaign donors


In 2008 Runner raised $556,135 in campaign donations. His top five donors are listed below.[2]

Donor Amount
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

Policy positions

Main article: Runner files lawsuit against Jerry Brown's office over ballot title

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.[3]

Legislative scorecard

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.[4][5]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Runner ranked as a 3.[6]

Committee assignments

Senator Runner on the California budget

Runner served on these standing Senate committees:

17th District profile

Map of the 17th District

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.

The northern part of Ventura County is in the 17th, including the cities of Santa Maria, Fillmore and Piru.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
California State Senate 17
Succeeded by
Sharon Runner (R)