Paul Bruce Carpenter (February 24, 1928 – January 24, 2002) was an American psychologist and politician.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Carpenter went to the University of Iowa and received a doctorate degree in experimental psychology from Florida State University. He moved to Orange County, California in 1960 and worked as a psychologist. Carpenter lived in Cypress, California.
He was involved with the Democratic Party. From 1974 to 1976, Carpenter served in the California State Assembly. He then served in the California State Senate from 1976 to 1986. In 1982, Carpenter ran for the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate, but lost to then-governor Jerry Brown. Carpenter also served on the California Board of Equalization from 1986 to 1990. Despite being convicted of corruption charges in 1990, he won re-election to the board but was barred from serving because of the conviction.
Carpenter led his Senate caucus' election fund-raising work from 1980 to 1985, which led to accusations of corruption. In 1990, Carpenter was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, and extortion. He fled to Costa Rica before sentencing - which he claimed was for prostate cancer treatment - and was subsequently extradited to the United States. He served his prison term from 1995 until 1999. 
Carpenter's only child, his daughter Jana (b.1958/59), went missing from her home in Lakewood, California in August of 2000 and has never been found. Her husband Bruce Koklich was later convicted of her murder.
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