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Lawmaker who survived 2012 double lung transplant dies

California state Sen. Sharon Runner, who left the Legislature in 2012 after receiving a double lung transplant and three years later made a dramatic return to the Senate, died Thursday, her family said in a statement. She was 62.

Runner, a Republican from Lancaster, died at home following respiratory complications.

Runner and her husband, George Runner, a member of the state Board of Equalization, were a powerful force in the California GOP.

They were the first couple to serve concurrently in the Legislature after Sharon Runner won her husband's Assembly seat in 2002, when he moved up to the Senate.

The duo co-authored California's Jessica's Law, approved by...

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