SHERIDAN — Brianna Buckingham serves her community in more ways than one and more ways than many 27-year-olds even think to consider.
Buckingham works as the constituent coordinator for U.S. Sen. John Barrasso. She’s responsible for providing support and training for his constituent casework program.
“When people call the senator for help,” she explained, “we offer assistance in numerous ways — from providing resources for a wide variety of situations to liaising or advocating on behalf of constituents with federal agencies.”
For her and Barrasso, Buckingham said, assisting constituents is the number one priority.
“Our mission is to do everything possible to try to help find a solution or provide helpful information,” Buckingham said.
Her duties also include representing the senator at various events and arranging or attending events with Barrasso. She also cultivates relationships with local, state and federal agencies along with economic development and nonprofit groups.
“Brianna is a terrific and valuable member of my staff,” Barrasso said in an emailed statement. “With her proven leadership skills, it’s no surprise that she is being honored with this award. Whether it’s assisting with federal agencies or representing me at local meetings and events, Brianna always does an outstanding job. The people of Wyoming — especially those in Sheridan County — are in good hands with Brianna Buckingham working on their behalf.”
Beyond her work, which brought her here in the form of an internship four years ago, she also serves the community as a volunteer.
“Strong communities exist because of the people who live and work there,” she said. “It is our responsibility to create the community we want to live in. To do this, it is important to be involved; through giving time, skills or even just being kind to people.
“Every small act contributes to the overall wellbeing of the community,” Buckingham continued.
She certainly does her part.
Buckingham has been a member of the Sheridan Jaycees for the last three years, serving as the community vice president twice and the management vice president. The organization works to empower young people to create positive change. With the group, she’s helped with the Jaycees’ Relay for Life team, the Christmas Shopping Tour and the downtown Halloween Parade. She also participates in the group’s monthly home-delivered meals route.
At the state level, Buckingham has served as the Wyoming Jaycees executive vice president and will serve as the state secretary in the coming year.
“Since the day Brianna joined the Jaycees three years ago, she has been a driving force at the local and state level, embodying the mission to create positive change as a young leader,” fellow Jaycee Michelle Edwards said. “Brianna is innovative and comes up with great new ideas for projects and ways to increase efficiency. As a graduate of the CiViC project and Leadership Sheridan County, Brianna has put her leadership skills to use not only in the Jaycees, but also in other facets of the community, including the Senior Center’s Keystone Awards.”
Buckingham has served for three years on the Keystone Awards Committee, working with the Keys to the Stone scholarship, which recognizes local students who show excellence in both academics and community involvement.
She is also a 2013 graduate of Leadership Sheridan County and 2013 graduate of the CiViC Leadership program.
The generous and dedicated public servant works hard to keep Sheridan moving forward.