Bill Russell

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Bill Russell
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Wyoming Public Service Commission
In office
November 1, 2012 - Present
Term ends
March 1, 2017
Years in position 3
PredecessorCindy Lewis
Base salary$120,340
Elections and appointments
AppointedOctober 2012
Appointed byGov. Matt Mead
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAllentown College
Master'sUniversity of Northern Colorado
J.D.University of Wyoming
Military service
Service/branchUS Air Force
Years of service1975 – 1998
Bill Russell is a commissioner of the Wyoming Public Service Commission. Russell was first appointed to the commission in October 2012.[1]


An attorney by trade, Russell served as an Air Force Officer specializing in space and missile operations from 1975 to 1998. He was as an Assistant Attorney General in Wyoming from 2001 until he joined the WPSC in 2012.[2]


  • Bachelor's degree, Allentown College, Pennsylvania
  • Master's degree, University of Northern Colorado
  • J.D., University of Wyoming

Political career

Wyoming Public Service Commission (2012-present)

Russell has served on the Wyoming Public Service Commission since November 1, 2012.[2]



Russell was appointed to the Wyoming Public Service Commission by Gov. Matt Mead in October 2012.[1] The state Senate initially rejected the nomination on February 26, 2013, but reconsidered, approving of Russell the next day. Sen. Cale Case (R) had called for the chamber to reject Russell, as well as Kara Brighton, on the grounds that they are both attorneys and only attorneys have been named to the commission since 2005.[3]

State profile

Wyoming's population in 2014 was 584,153.

Wyoming's population in 2014 was 584,153 according to the United States Census Bureau. This estimate represented a 3.6 percent change from the bureau's 2010 estimate. The state's population per square mile was 5.8 in 2010, trailing the national average of 87.4. Wyoming experienced a 2.8 percent increase in total employment from 2011 to 2012 based on census data, exceeding a 2.2 percent increase at the national level during the same period.[4]


Wyoming fell below the national average for residents who attained at least bachelor's degrees based on census data from 2009 to 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.7 percent of Wyoming residents aged 25 years and older attained bachelor's degrees compared to 28.8 percent at the national level. The median household income in Wyoming was $57,406 between 2009 and 2013 compared to a $53,046 national median income. Census information showed a 10.9 percent poverty rate in Wyoming during the study period compared to a 14.5 percent national poverty rate.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Wyoming (%) United States (%)
White 92.7 77.7
Black or African American 1.7 13.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.6 1.2
Asian 0.9 5.3
Two or More Races 1.9 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 9.7 17.1

Presidential Voting Pattern, 2000-2012[5][6]
Year Democratic vote in Wyoming (%) Republican vote in Wyoming (%) Democratic vote in U.S. (%) Republican vote in U.S. (%)
2012 27.6 68.2 51.1 47.2
2008 32.4 64.4 52.9 45.7
2004 28.8 68.2 48.3 50.7
2000 27.3 66.7 48.4 47.9

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Cindy Lewis
Wyoming Public Service Commission
Succeeded by