John G. Knepper, Jr., is a fourth generation Wyoming native.
Mr. Knepper graduated from Sheridan High School, in Sheridan, Wyoming. He
earned his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College and his J.D., summa cum
laude, from the University of Michigan School of Law. At Michigan, Mr. Knepper
was a member of the Michigan Law Review, the Henry H. Campbell Moot Court Board,
and the Order of the Coif. After law school, Mr. Knepper served as a law clerk
to the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Mr. Knepper has devoted his career to serving the people of
Wyoming and the United States. Before law school, he served as an aide to U.S.
Senator Alan K. Simpson (R-Wyo.), serving first as the Senator's personal
assistant and then as a staff member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the
Judiciary. After Senator Simpson's retirement, Mr. Knepper worked for Senator
Fred D. Thompson (R-Tenn.) as a staff member on the Committee on Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs.
After law school, Mr. Knepper worked as a trial attorney for
the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of
Justice. While there, he received the John Marshall Award, the Department's top
award for attorneys, for his work on the trial team defending the
constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform law. Mr.
Knepper then served as an Attorney Advisor for the Office of Legal Counsel at
the Department, providing analysis on national security law and constitutional
law to other federal agencies. In 2004, Mr. Knepper was asked to join the White
House staff of President George W. Bush, where he served as Associate General
Counsel and later Deputy General Counsel for the Office of Management and
Budget. During the last year of the Bush Administration, Mr. Knepper served as
the Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, working to
coordinate the legal issues presented by the U.S. government's response to the
2008 financial crisis.
In 2009, Mr. Knepper returned to Wyoming, serving in the
City Attorney's office for the City of Cheyenne and as a Senior Assistant Attorney
General in the Tax Section of the Wyoming Attorney General's office. He and his
wife, Ciara, have six children.