The people of Washoe County and Carson City first elected Ben Kieckhefer to the State Senate in November 2010 and re-elected him in 2014. Before seeking public office, Ben 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 into caucus leadership, where he has served ever since.
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 is honored to have served on the Senate Finance Committee in all four of his legislative sessions, chairing it in 2015. Additionally, Ben has served on the Senate’s Revenue and Economic Development Committee and Health and Human Services Committee during his tenure in the Senate.
Ben has proven himself as a legislator who can get things done from both the minority and the majority. During his legislative career, 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.
His proudest accomplishments include legislation protecting constituents who had their homes destroyed in a wildfire from having their property taxes increase when they rebuild, legislation making Nevada safe harbor for entrepreneurs in emerging technology, a law making it easier for business professionals to become teachers, and a major reform of the state’s prevailing wage laws that has saved taxpayers millions of dollars on construction projects.
While Ben stays actively engaged in public policy throughout the interim, including serving on many interim studies and committees, he works full time as Director of Client Relations for the law firm of McDonald Carano LLP.
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 Lucy.
In what little free time he can find, Ben likes to hunt, fish, ski and take in as many baseball games as possible.