State Sen. Sharon Runner has died

As reported by the Sacramento Bee:

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California Sen. Sharon Runner, who returned to the Legislature last year following a double lung transplant, died Tuesday. The Lancaster Republican was 62.

Runner’s family said in a statements that she died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends, following respiratory complications.

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

Runner, who is married to Board of Equalization member George Runner, announced in March that she would not seek re-election when her term ends this year, citing “medical challenges during the cold and flu season.”

She spent six years in the state Assembly before winning a 2011 special election to advance to the Senate, filling the seat of …

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