Ben Kieckhefer has been one of Nevada’s most respected public leaders for well over a decade.
He currently serves in the State Senate, representing a district that encompasses parts of Reno and Carson City. He was elected to the State Senate in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018. His colleagues elected him to caucus leadership following his first session, and he has served as both the assistant majority and minority leader.
Ben has gained a strong reputation for his study and understanding of state budget and finance issues. He has served on the Senate Finance Committee during all six of his Legislative sessions and was chair of the committee in 2015. He also has served on the Senate’s Revenue and Economic Development Committee, Government Affairs Committee, and its Health and Human Services Committee.
A highly effective legislator, Ben has been a primary sponsor of 34 pieces of legislation that have been signed by the Governor, ranging from such issues as tax relief and government reform to organ donation and technology innovation.
Before his election, Ben worked in Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services, served as Communications Director to Nevada’s Governor and worked as a media reporter who covered the Legislature.
When the Legislature is not in session, Ben works full time as Director of Client Relations for the law firm of McDonald Carano LLP. He also is actively engaged in public policy through the interim, and serves on many interim studies and committees.
His first priority, however, is always his family. Ben and his wife, April, were married in 2005 and are the parents of two sets of twins — Austin and Aspen and Lincoln and Lucy.
An avid outdoorsman, Ben likes to hunt, fish, ski, and take in as many baseball games as he can.