Leonard Padilla

Leonard Padilla (born 1939) is an American bounty hunter. In 1975 he opened a bail bonds company in Sacramento, California. He was chairman of the board of trustees of the Lorenzo Patiño Law School, which he opened with Judge Lorenzo Patiño in 1982.

Padilla has run for public office seven times, four times for Mayor of Sacramento, once for California governor in the 2003 recall election, once for Congress and once for Sacramento County Supervisor. The alternative weekly newspaper Sacramento News & Review named him one of Sacramento's most interesting people in 2010.[1] Padilla was born in Firebaugh, California.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Padilla grew up in California, moving frequently with his family to find field work.[3] Padilla graduated in 1957 from Tulelake High School, which is near the border of Oregon.[2] After graduating he enlisted in the Air Force, serving for four years abroad before being discharged in 1961.[2][3] Padilla graduated from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento in 1980.[2][4]


  1. ^ Garvin, Cosmo (December 9, 2010). "Sacramento's 100 Most Interesting People". Sacramento News & Review.
  2. ^ a b c d Farrow, Ross (January 27, 2012). "Leonard Padilla known for his colorful personality, dedication to his career". Lodi News-Sentinel. Archived from the original on July 10, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Dunteman, Dayna (January 21, 2009). "Complex Character". Sacramento Magazine.
  4. ^ Leibrock, Rachel (October 8, 2009). "The Leonard show". Sacramento News & Review.

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