SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding the passing of Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster).
“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.
“While I mourn Sharon’s passing, I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to have known her as a friend and colleague. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband George, family, friends and staff.”
Runner and Bates served together in the State Assembly during the 2003-04 legislative session, and again in the State Senate during the 2015-16 legislative session.