Wyoming Public Service Commission


Chairman Kara B. Fornstrom

Governor Mead appointed Kara to the Public Service Commission on March 1, 2013. Governor Gordon re-appointed her on March 1, 2019. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wyoming and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law. Kara started her legal career at the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Water Division working on the Nebraska v. Wyoming litigation over the North Platte River. In August, 2000, she was a founding partner of Hageman & Brighton where her practice was focused exclusively on water issues, including representation of several irrigation districts, agricultural interests and municipalities. Kara’s NARUC activities include: Member of the NARUC Board of Directors; Member of the Committee on Electricity; Vice-Chair of the Clean Coal and Carbon Management Subcommittee; Member of the NARUC-DOE Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership; Former President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners; Former Member of the Committee on Gas; and Former Vice Chair of the Sub-Committee on Pipeline Safety. In addition to being actively engaged with NARUC, Kara represents Wyoming on various regional boards and associations: Vice-Chair of the Energy Imbalance Market’s Board of State Regulators; Class 5 Member on the Western Electricity Coordinating Council Advisory Committee; Chair of the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body; Wyoming’s Representative on the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation; Wyoming’s Representative on the Northern Tier Transmission Group; and Former Member of the Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee. In addition to her Commission duties and representation, Kara focuses her efforts on carbon capture technologies, especially related to development of innovative ratemaking tools to incentivize regulated utilities to engage in CCUS projects. In August, 2015, she was a member of the NARUC delegation to China for the U.S. Department of Energy's Regulatory Policy Technology Mission. In April, 2019, she was a member of the CCUS Policy, Research and Implementation Collaboration and Exchange to the United Kingdom. Kara lives in Pine Bluffs with her husband, Justin, and their daughter, Keefer, where she is active in her community and church, St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

Term expires March 1, 2025

Deputy Chair Mary Throne

Governor Gordon appointed Mary Throne to the Commission, effective March 1, 2019. Mary received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Princeton University in 1982 and her Juris Doctor Degree in 1988 from Columbia Law School. She clerked for the Honorable Reena Raggi in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, before beginning her legal career with a Denver firm. Mary, a Campbell County native, returned to Wyoming in 1992. Mary has years of experience in the natural resource field. She has represented the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division in the Office of the Attorney General and in private practice, she has assisted a variety of energy, mineral and business clients with environmental compliance and permitting, industrial siting, and other regulatory issues. For ten years, Mary represented Cheyenne in the Wyoming House of Representatives, serving as Minority Floor Leader for four years. Working in a bipartisan fashion, she played a key role in developing Wyoming’s landmark carbon capture and sequestration laws. Mary and her husband, Kevin Boyce, live in Cheyenne and have 3 sons, Michael, Tarver, and Patrick.

Term Expires March 1, 2021

Commissioner Mike Robinson

Governor Gordon appointed Mike Robinson to the Public Service Commission effective March 1, 2019. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in political science (1990) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law (1993). Mike began his legal career as the law clerk for Wyoming Supreme Court Justice G. Joseph Cardine and, after his retirement, Larry L. Lehman. From 1996-1998, Mike worked as a staff attorney for the Wyoming Public Service Commission. He returned to the Wyoming Supreme Court to be a permanent clerk for the Honorable William U. Hill. In 2007, Mike went to the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office where he worked in the Civil Division representing a diverse agency clientele, including the Public Service Commission, the Secretary of State, State Auditor, and the Business Council. In 2016, Mike moved to the Water and Natural Resources Division where he represented the State of Wyoming in federal environmental litigation. Mike lives in Cheyenne and spends as much time as he can with his teenage sons, Tyler and Travis.

Term Expires March 1, 2023

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