The people of Washoe County and Carson City first elected Ben Kieckhefer to the State Senate in November 2010. It was Ben’s first run for public office after having covered the Legislature as a reporter, served as Communications Director to Nevada’s governor and worked in Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services. Following his first session, Ben’s colleagues elected him to serve as the Assistant Minority Leader of the State Senate.
Ben’s varied experience in the private and public sectors gives him a unique perspective on the executive budgeting process and an understanding of the most complex programs of Nevada’s government. As such, he was honored to have served on both the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Committee on Health and Human Services during the 2011 and 2013 legislative sessions. Additionally, he served on the Senate Revenue and Economic Development Committee in 2013, overseeing statewide tax policy.
During his first session, Ben was the primary sponsor of six bills that became law, focusing most of his energies on the state budget and governmental reform. Key successes included Senate Bill 315, which reformed standards for teacher licensure and was a critical component of the state’s broader education reform package, and Senate Bill 251, which created a sunset committee to review the necessity and cost of ongoing state government programs. In 2013, Ben was the originating sponsor of six more pieces of legislation signed into law by Governor Sandoval, including a bill extending the statute of limitations for the crime of child sexual assault.
While Ben stays actively engaged in public policy throughout the interim, including serving on several interim studies and committees, he works full time as Director of Communications and Business Development for the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. In his professional capacity he performs media and public relations on behalf of the law firm and its attorneys.
Ben and April addressing supporters.
Despite Ben’s enthusiasm over his policy work, his first love remains his family. Ben and his wife April were married in 2005 and started their family just over a year later with the birth of their twins Austin and Aspen. Three years later they were blessed to welcome a second set of twins to their family: Lincoln and Lucerne.
In what little free time he can find, Ben likes to hunt, fish, ski and take in as many baseball games as possible.