Meet Ember Oakley


Ember will advocate for the constituents of the district and for all of Wyoming

Hello! My name is Ember Oakley, and I am running to be your Representative in the Wyoming House of Representatives for Riverton, District 55.


I am a fifth generation Wyomingite. My Dad was a Wyoming Game Warden and I grew up camping and packing into the hills of Wyoming. I wouldn’t change it for a thing. I graduated from Lander Valley High School in 1994. I was a three-sport athlete in high school, and an individual state champion track athlete. I learned the value of hard work early. I then went on to Texas A&M, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with an undergraduate degree in Agribusiness in 1998. I continued my pursuit of education at the University of Wyoming College of Law, graduating in 2009. My mother, Eileen Oakley, lives on the home place outside of Lander. My oldest sister, Deb Simpson, and her husband Colin live in Cody with my nephews Mac and Nick. My sister, Cheri Copeland, and her husband Eric live in Helena, MT with my nephews Trey and Mason.

There is a culture and spirit of freedom in Wyoming. I look forward to representing Wyoming with a deep understanding of our way of life, and the importance of our of system laws reflecting the Wyoming way.



It is important to have a Representative that is qualified to speak and advocate for the constituents of the District, and all of the citizens of Wyoming. As we learned in civics in elementary, the Legislature is the law-making branch of our government. Knowing and understanding the law, and how it works, is an especially important component of being a legislator. Ember is a graduate of the University of Wyoming College of Law, and has been practicing criminal law for the past 9 years in Fremont County. She has a depth of understanding of Wyoming law, and is ready to put that to work for the people of Riverton.

Agriculture and Natural Resources


Ember has been involved in Agriculture since she was young.  Her family raised Charolais cattle, stemming from a multi-generational cattle and farming operation in Nebraska, on her mother’s side.  She was active in 4-H in Fremont County.

Ember has an undergraduate degree is in Agribusiness from Texas A&M University.  While there, she worked an Agricultural and Natural Resource policy internship on the Hill in Washington D.C.  The U.S. Representative, Charlie Stenholm, was the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee at the time of her internship.  Among other things, she was responsible for writing content for the Representative to present on the Floor, as well as media releases for the District.

Agriculture is the #3 industry in the State of Wyoming, and she will be a strong voice for the agricultural and natural resource industries.  As Wyomingites, we are the original stewards of the land.  We know how to strike a balance between industry and responsible management of our resources.  She will continue to be an advocate for that proper balance in Wyoming.

Career and Community


Ember is an active and involved citizen in Riverton. She has dedicated her career as a Prosecutor in the Fremont County Attorney’s office, starting in 2011.

    • Ember is currently serving on the Wyoming Community College Commission, appointed by the Governor in 2019.
    • Ember has been a participating member in the Fremont County Republican Women since 2010, serving as the Vice President in 2015-17. 
    • She has been elected and served as Republican Committeewoman for District 3-6 for many years.
    • She danced in the county-wide famous CES fundraiser Dancing with the Stars- Fremont County in 2017.  That year, over $40,000 was raised. 
    • She has raced in the Don Scheer Memorial pack race in Dubois, WY.
    • She is a Member of the Elks Club 
    • Ember is a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Ember has  dedicated her career, and her time, in service to this community.  Her career involves protecting and fighting for the conviction of criminals, and justice for victims.  She will continue that service as a Representative for our community in the Wyoming Legislature.