Rancho Cucamonga, California , United States
|| October 29, 1947
Feb 21, 2021 08:27am
|Info||William R. "Bill" Leonard |
Bill Leonard was elected to serve on the Board of Equalization in the November 2002 elections where he garnered over one million votes. The Board functions as California's tax board administering the collections and appeals for sales, income, and property taxes as well as 31 other taxes and fees.
Bill Leonard was elected to the State Assembly in 1978 through 1988 and again from 1996 through 2002. He was elected to the Senate in 1988 and re-elected without opposition. He served as Senate Republican Caucus Chair from 1990 to 1996 and as Assembly Republican Leader in 1997 and 1998.
While in the State Legislature, Bill Leonard was instrumental in fighting internet taxation to save California consumers money, reforming the workers compensation system to help injured workers and to save businesses billions in premiums, and strengthening the state's drunk driving laws to remove more drunken drivers from the road and save lives. Bill Leonard served twice on the Legislature's budget writing conference committee and co-wrote the $400 million savings in the state's Medi-Cal program.
His service in the State Legislature has established Bill Leonard as an advocate for fiscal responsibility, families, and quality public education. He is also known for his efforts to improve the job and business climate in the Golden State by lowering taxes, reducing unnecessary regulation and providing incentives for job creation and business expansion. Before his election to the State Legislature, Bill Leonard served on the Board of Directors of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District. His professional background is in real estate and property management. He holds a B.A. in history from UC Irvine and did graduate work at California State University, Sacramento while participating in the Assembly Fellowship Program. He is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, has served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino, and was Vice President of the San Bernardino County Taxpayers' Association.
Bill and his wife, Sherry, enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including golfing, skiing, hiking, scuba diving, and boating. They also participate in wallyball and weight lifting at the gym. They have three grown sons, Tim and his wife Mona along with their daughter Katie, Michael and his wife Vicki, and Jacob.