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 of Hageman & Brighton, P.C. 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 Secretary / Treasurer of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners, 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, NARUC Sub-Committee on Pipeline Safety, and 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.