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|Wyoming Public Service Commission|
|March 2013 - Present|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed||February 7, 2013|
|Appointed by||Gov. Matt Mead|
|High school||Kimball High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Wyoming (1993)|
|J.D.||University of Nebraska College of Law (1996)|
|Place of birth||Wheatland, Wyoming|
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.
- Bachelor's degree, University of Wyoming, 1993
- J.D., University of Nebraska College of Law, 1996
Wyoming Public Service Commission (2013-present)
Brighton was appointed to the Wyoming Public Service Commission by Gov. Matt Mead on February 7, 2013. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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- Wyoming business report, "Public Service Commission adds Brighton," February 7, 2013
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- Casper Star Tribune, "Wyoming Senate OKs Gov. Mead's appointments to Public Service Commission," February 27, 2013
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- Wyoming Secretary of State, "Wyoming Election Results," accessed April 3, 2015
- The American Presidency Project, "Presidential Elections Data," accessed April 3, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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