Kara Brighton

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Kara Brighton
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Wyoming Public Service Commission
In office
March 2013 - Present
Years in position 2
PredecessorSteve Oxley
Base salary$120,340
Elections and appointments
AppointedFebruary 7, 2013
Appointed byGov. Matt Mead
Term limitsN/A
High schoolKimball High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wyoming (1993)
J.D.University of Nebraska College of Law (1996)
Place of birthWheatland, Wyoming
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Kara Brighton is a commissioner of the Wyoming Public Service Commission. Brighton was first appointed to the commission in February 2013.[1]


An attorney by trade, Brighton was serving as a partner at Hageman & Brighton when she was named to the WPSC in early 2013. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and has previously worked for the Wyoming Attorney General.[1]


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Wyoming, 1993
  • J.D., University of Nebraska College of Law, 1996

Political career

Wyoming Public Service Commission (2013-present)

Brighton has served on the Wyoming Public Service Commission since March 2013.[2]



Brighton was appointed to the Wyoming Public Service Commission by Gov. Matt Mead on February 7, 2013.[1] The state Senate initially rejected the nomination on February 26, 2013, but reconsidered, approving of Brighton the next day. Sen. Cale Case (R) had called for the chamber to reject Brighton, as well as Bill Russell, 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
Steve Oxley
Wyoming Public Service Commission
Succeeded by