SACRAMENTO: Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) officially welcomed two new Republican Senators to the State Senate Monday, fulfilling the promise of increasing Republican membership from twelve to fourteen members.
Former Orange County Supervisor John Moorloch was officially sworn into office during a ceremony in Orange County after winning a special election for the 37th Senate District. Senator Sharon Runner has already taken the oath of office, after winning a special election for the 21st Senate District.
“I want to congratulate Sharon Runner and John Moorlach for their special election victories and welcome them to our Republican Caucus,” said Senator Huff. “We will continue to bring balance to the Legislature so we can enact legislation and policies that serve the interests of all California families at all income levels.”
For Senator Runner, her special election victory caps a triumphant return to the Senate chambers, where she served previously for two years. She also served in the State Assembly from 2002-2008.
“Having previously represented the communities of the 21st District in the California State Assembly and Senate, I am confident in my ability to be an effective voice for my constituents in Sacramento,” said Senator Runner. “I am humbled by the faith they have placed in me.”
Runner’s priorities in the Senate will focus on creating jobs, protecting taxpayers, and ensuring that public safety remains a top priority of government.
“I plan to hit the ground running and work hard towards the goals I have set forth,” said Senator Runner. ”I know the needs of the community and I am blessed by this opportunity to once again serve in the Legislature.”
Senator Moorlach is a certified public accountant and formally served as Treasurer of Orange County, helping the municipality recover from bankruptcy. He indicates he will bring key job creation strategies to the Capitol and will also serve as a fiscal voice of reason.
“I look forward to joining my colleagues in the fight for a healthier economic climate and a fiscally sound future for our state,” said Senator Moorlach.