A Wyoming Childhood
“I couldn’t sleep the day before we flew west, I couldn’t wait to see the mountains and the big open sky.”
Liz grew up dreaming of summers in Wyoming. Her grandfather, George B. Storer, a broadcasting pioneer, bought a ranch in the 1950’s near Saratoga where Liz visited as a child, and where her father taught her to fish. She attended camp in the Tetons and is also a former fishing guide on the upper North Platte River. Liz was the first woman to represent the US Fly Fishing team when the championship was held in Jackson in 1997.
“As the State of Wyoming relies increasingly on revenues from Teton County, our community should have more of a say in our destiny.”
According to Liz, many of the problems that are vexing Teton County are rooted in State policy, and thus require State solutions. “Rapidly increasing property taxes, growth pressure and the related housing crisis, and the State of Wyoming’s efforts to develop state trust lands within a county that has high wildlife values – all have their roots in our state’s current tax structure”. Liz also believes state leaders could do a better job of understanding local issues and providing greater flexibility. “As the State of Wyoming relies increasingly on revenues from Teton County, our community should also have more of a say in our own destiny.”
Liz has been a proud Wyomingite for more than thirty years, having lived in Cheyenne, and the rural communities of Saratoga and Ryan Park. Teton County has been her home since 2008.
Liz Working for Wyoming
Liz has served on the Board of the Ruckelshaus Institute of Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming and on bipartisan statewide task forces, appointed by both Democratic and Republican governors. She also served on a member of Gov. Jim Geringer’s State Trust Land Task Force. Liz’s leadership brought sound advice to state trust land management. However, “The state’s short-sighted approach to developing Teton County’s state trust lands continues to be a threat to our community values. There are better solutions for raising funds for education,” says Liz.
"I have a long history of bipartisan philanthropic and political work across the state, over three generations. That heritage and my public policy experience allows me to make the case for Teton County while working across the aisle to build alliances."
Liz leads her family’s foundation, the George B. Storer Foundation, which has funded conservation and education initiatives in Wyoming and elsewhere for more than 65 years. When she took the reins twelve years ago, Liz inspired the board to continue funding work in Teton County and Wyoming. “We have a long history of bipartisan philanthropic and political work across the state, over three generations. That heritage and my public policy experience allows me to make the case for Teton County while working across the aisle to build alliances.”
Liz has championed efforts to promote economic diversification, develop sustainable communities, and foster an engaged citizenry across Wyoming. Other key initiatives include: Support for UW scholars and teacher-training across the state, research of Wyoming’s elk, mule deer and pronghorn migrations, better protection of greater sage grouse habitats, and restoring native cutthroat trout in the headwaters of the Yellowstone River.
Liz received the Henry’s Fork Foundation Conservation Leadership Award in 2013 and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Award in 2019.
Liz lives in Jackson with her husband Luther Propst, a Teton County Commissioner. An avid cyclist, hiker, angler and skier, Liz helped raise numerous children through their teenage years, and is currently the proud mother of a mixed-breed heeler, Sophie.
"Liz will be a fully informed and effective addition to our current outstanding state legislative delegation as she has maintained relationships with many legislators throughout the years”.
Pete Jorgensen (D)
former Teton County state representative and UW Trustee