Senate Republicans Pay Tribute to Senator Sharon Runner

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Runner Family on the Death of Senator Sharon Runner

“We are heartbroken to share that Sharon passed away today at the age of 62 following respiratory complications. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends.

“Through her life Sharon held tight to her favorite Bible verse, Proverbs 3:5-6, trusting in the Lord through all obstacles. We take comfort in the fact that the Lord truly directed her path, and she is now home in the arms of her Savior.”

The family asks for your prayers and privacy during this time. Donations may be made in Sharon’s memory to Grace Resources at Service details are pending

Sharon is survived by her husband George, son Micah and daughter-in-law Sandy, daughter Rebekah and son-in-law James, and grandchildren Raider, Hailey, James and Paxton.


Senate Republican Caucus Remembers Senator Sharon Runner

"California has lost a true public servant in Sharon Runner, who was a friend to all who had the good fortune of knowing her. My husband Russell and I have counted the Runners among our closest friends for decades, since my time as a school superintendent in the Antelope Valley. Sharon was a strong, courageous woman whose positive attitude was a blessing to her friends and loved ones. Her passing leaves a hole in our hearts. Our prayers are with George and their children and grandchildren during this difficult time. May she rest in peace with our Lord," said Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield).

"It’s with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Sharon Runner. I had the distinct pleasure to serve with her in both the Assembly and the Senate. As her seat mate on the Senate Floor this past year, I had the opportunity to witness first-hand her passion to serve her constituents. I have always admired her leadership, kindness and dedication to public service. My prayers are with the Runner family and staff. California has lost a true stateswoman who brought honor and distinction to this august body," said Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine).

"Sharon Runner was a highly respected legislator who represented her district well. Her efforts to improve educational opportunities for children, keep our communities safe from sexual predators and help foster kids are just some of her many lasting achievements. Her faith and dignity, especially in the last few months as she battled with illness, were an inspiration to many," said Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel).

"I am heartbroken by the news of Sharon's passing. Sharon was a true public servant who worked tirelessly for the people of California. She brought tremendous heart and soul to the legislature. It was an honor to have her as a friend and colleague. She will be greatly missed," said Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte).

"Senator Sharon Runner showed strength and grace in her personal life and was dedicated to her family and the state she served. I was fortunate to work alongside her. She will be missed," said Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres).

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and colleague, Senator Sharon Runner. Sharon was a true servant of God, dedicating her life to her faith and acting as a shining example of living a Christ-filled life. Her commitment to public service earned her the admiration and respect of the many individuals who had the pleasure of knowing her. Together, she and her husband George have worked tirelessly on behalf of their constituents and made a great team for California. My thoughts and prayers are with George, their children and grandchildren," said Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado).

"Sharon was an extraordinary lady and leader in her community. I worked closely with Sharon on a number of issues during our time together in the State Legislature. She and her husband, George, worked tirelessly to bring positive change to California and it’s been my distinct honor to work with her on a number of key issues. She will be missed," said Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas).

"I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sharon Runner. She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of others. Her life and good work will surely be remembered and admired. I send my heartfelt condolences to her husband George, family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with them today," Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa).

"Always guided by her faith, Sharon was a principled public servant committed to the people of our state, showing kindness and compassion to all. My prayers are with her husband George and their entire family," said Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga).

"Today, the State of California has not only lost a great public servant but someone who set an example of what it means to be resilient through difficult times. Senator Runner was a great mentor and colleague, and I consider it one of the greatest privileges of my public service career to have served alongside her. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband George, the Runner family and the constituents she honorably represented in the State Senate," said Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove).

"Sharon Runner distinguished herself as the truly best example of a wife, mother, leader and friend. She and her husband George will ever represent a legendary leadership team that served the people of California nobly and well. Marilyn and I open our hearts and extend our prayers to George and all of the Runner family. Our humble appreciation to Sharon for making our lives more full of joy and grace; she was a classy lady," said Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber).

"Senator Runner was a life-long servant of the people of California, and she will be deeply missed. Whether it was crime victims, children hoping to get a quality education, or a person in need of assistance; Sharon was always there serve. Her passion for helping others was an inspiration, and she touched more lives and helped more people than she could ever have imagined through her solid work. California lost a great woman this week, but her legacy will live on through her family and the countless people she helped," said Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County).

"I was deeply saddened to hear of Sharon’s passing. She had boundless energy and love for the hundreds of thousands of people she has served over her many years as a great stateswoman. She was a passionate champion for safeguarding children, honoring veterans and bolstering education, among many other issues. The Senate will not be the same without her inspiring presence. My heart goes out to her family, staff, colleagues and friends as we mourn and celebrate her life," said Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford).