Paul B. CarpenterDemocratic
Paul Bruce Carpenter
Born: February 24, 1928 in Iowa
Married: Doris Morrow
Children: Two daughters (including Jana Carpenter Koklich who was murdered by her husband in 2000)
Military Service: USN
Died: January 24, 2002 in San Antonio, Texas
1982: Primary Candidate for US Senator (Lost; 15.1%)
1987: Resigned from the State Senate on January 5.
- Legal Troubles: Carpenter was convicted of corruption charges as a result of the Shrimpscam investigation. In 1992, "Carpenter had been waiting outside Lompoc prison with his toothbrush and a cellular phone as his attorney called with word that an earlier federal extortion and racketeering conviction had been overturned on appeal." Carpenter was reconvicted in 1993, but became a fugitive, fleeing to Costa Rica to avoid sentencing. In a letter to U.S. District Judge Edward Garcia regarding his flight, Carpenter stated; "I find my drive for survival stronger than my sense of obligation to your legal system."
He was arrested by Costa Rican national police in April 1994, and fought extradition to the US, eventually losing. He served in prison from 1994 to 1999. The Shrimpscam investigation also led to convictions for State Senator Joseph B. Montoya, and Assemblymen Pat Nolan and Frank Hill.
- His Federal Bureau of Prisons Register number was 04966-097 and he was released on 08-04-1999.
Source: "CARPENTER TELLS OF FLIGHT FROM JUSTICE" by Peter Hecht, The Sacramento Bee (April 17, 1994)
Source: California Blue Book (1975)
Source: California Assembly Handbook (1979)