February 18, 2011 4:54 PM
From Staff Reports

SACRAMENTO • Former Assemblywoman Sharon Runner was sworn into office Friday, becoming the sixth Republican woman in California history to join the state Senate.

“Having had the experience of serving my constituents in the Assembly, I will continue my goal of making California a friendlier place for businesses to prosper so they can hire new employees,” the Lancaster Republican said in a press release. “Too many Californians are unemployed.”

Runner received more than 65 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s special election. The Senate seat was vacated by her husband, George Runner, who resigned to take a seat on the Board of Equalization.

The 17th Senate District includes cities and communities in Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern and San Bernardino counties.

Runner reconfirmed her opposition to new taxes to her colleagues in the Senate Chambers. Runner said she believes that taxes will only aggravate the state’s fragile economy.

As the author of one of the nation’s toughest laws to protect children against sex offenders — Jessica’s Law — Runner is expected to keep public safety a priority during her tenure.

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