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Chairman Bill Russell

Commissioner Russell

Governor Mead appointed Bill Russell to the Public Service Commission on November 1, 2012, and reappointed him to a term beginning March 1, 2017.

Before then, Bill was an Assistant Attorney General since 2001. Bill served in the United States Air Force from 1975 to 1998. For five of those years, he was on loan to NASA as an instructor in the Space Shuttle flight simulator.

Bill earned a Bachelor's Degree from Allentown College (Now DeSales University) in Pennsylvania, a Master's Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Law Degree from the University of Wyoming.

Term Expires March 1, 2023



Commissioner Brighton

Deputy Chair Kara B. Fornstrom

Governor Mead appointed Kara Brighton to the Public Service Commission on March 1, 2013. Kara received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wyoming in Small Business Management (1993) and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law (1996). 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, Co-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, a Class 5 Member of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council Member Advisory Committee, 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. Deptartment of Energy's Regulatory, Policy & Technology Mission. She lives in Pine Bluffs with her husband, Justin Fornstrom, and their daughter Keefer.

Term expires March 1, 2019.


Commissioner Cooley

Commissioner Robin Sessions Cooley

Governor Mead appointed Robin Sessions Cooley to the Public Service Commission beginning March 16, 2017. Ms. Cooley graduated from the University of Wyoming, College of Law, in 1992, entering private practice in Cheyenne until 1997. Ms. Cooley’s government employment began in the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Office in 1997, where she litigated state and federal post-conviction criminal cases as well as prosecuting criminal appeals before the Wyoming Supreme Court. In 2001, she was promoted to a supervisor position in the Civil Division of the Office, after which she was promoted to Deputy Attorney General of the Human Services Division in 2002. From 2002 until 2015, Ms. Cooley represented a variety of state agencies including the Department of Health, Department of Family Services, Department of Education, and Department of Transportation. Ms. Cooley served as Special Counsel to Governor Mead for approximately one year, after which Governor Mead appointed her to the State Board of Equalization in March 2015. Ms. Cooley has also been an adjunct professor at Laramie County Community College teaching Business Law I and II, and legal research and writing, as well as teaching Public Health Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming, College of Law.

Term expires March 1, 2021