Rusty was born and raised in Gillette, Wyoming. After graduating high school in 1992 from Campbell County High, he attended Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota, where he received his BA in Biology in 1997. After graduation, he worked as a wildland firefighter in, Chadron, Nebraska then on the Zig Zag Hotshots at Mt. Hood, Oregon. In 1998, while in Oregon he received an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology before moving back to Gillette in 2001.
In 2001, Rusty substitute taught and coached ninth-grade boys basketball at Sage Valley Jr. High before starting RB Services LLC, that manages the manufacturing of stock panels for the Coal Bed Methane industry in 2005. Rusty continued to not only coach ninth-grade boys basketball but also coached girls basketball in the summer for the Gillette Force Basketball.
In the summer of 2008, Rusty attended Second Nature School of Taxidermy and turned a hobby of taxidermy into a business. He is currently the owner of Rusty’s Taxidermy. Rusty’s Taxidermy provides full-service commercial and custom taxidermy for both foreign and domestic customers. When elected he was the treasurer of the Wyoming Association of Taxidermy Artists, President of the Wyoming Sportsman’s Group, and chair-elect of the Business Advocacy Committee for Campbell County Chamber of Commerce. Rusty is a proud alumni of the Leadership Wyoming program, Class of 2018.
In 2019 Rusty was appointed to the Governor's Council for Impaired Driving. Currently, Rusty serves on the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA) Executive Board, and chairs the WCCA's Revenue Committee. Rusty was nominated to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners in 2017 and 2019.
Rusty and his wife Toni have been married 21 years and have two sons: Bowen, an eleventh-grade student at Campbell County High School and Blake, an eighth-grade student at Twin Spruce Junior High. Their family hobbies include hunting, fishing, bow fishing, traveling, and boy scouts.
Term expires January 2023
Address: 347 Cook Rd.
Gillette, Wyoming 82716