Wyoming Public Service Commission
Chairman Kara B. Fornstrom
Governor Mead appointed Kara Brighton to the Public Service Commission on March 1, 2013. Kara 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 in a law firm where she focused her practice exclusively on water issues, including representation of several irrigation districts, agricultural interests and municipalities. Kara is a member of the NARUC Board of Directors, the President of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners, Vice Chair of the NARUC Sub-Committee on Pipeline Safety, Vice Chair of the NARUC Clean Coal & Carbon Management Sub-Committee, a member of the NARUC-DOE Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership, serves on the NARUC Committee on Gas, is a Class 5 Member on the Western Electricity Coordinating Council Advisory Committee, Wyoming’s representative on the Western Interconnection Regional Advisory Body, the Committee on Regional Electric Power Cooperation and the Northern Tier Transmission Group, Wyoming’s representative on the Energy Imbalance Market’s Board of State Regulators, and a member on the GTI Public Interest Advisory Committee. 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.
Term expires March 1, 2025
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
Commissioner 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
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