Chief Deputy Attorney General John G. Knepper



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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 theĀ 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.





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