Ben Kieckhefer

Trustee at Sierra Nevada College

Representing Senate District 16 First elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2010, Ben Kieckhefer was re‐elected in 2014 to represent a district that covers southern Washoe County and the entirety of Carson City. Ben was elected into Senate Republican Caucus leadership following the 2012 elections, and in 2015 was chosen as the Senate’s Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Prior to his election, Ben served the State of Nevada as communications director for Governor Jim Gibbons and public information officer for the Department of Health and Human Services. He is also a former journalist, having worked for the Reno Gazette‐Journal and the Associated Press covering government and politics. The majority of Ben’s work in the Nevada Legislature focuses on budget and tax policy, healthcare, and education. His accomplishments include the creation of Nevada’s first need‐ based scholarship program for community college students, the development of alternate routes to licensure for Nevada teachers, the creation of a statutory sunset committee to review state government operations, and legislation cracking down on child sex offenders. Outside of the Legislature, Ben works full‐time as the Director of Client Relations for the statewide Nevada law firm McDonald Carano Wilson LLP, and also serves on numerous charitable boards in northern Nevada. Among Ben’s numerous honors, he was recognized as a 2011 winner of Reno‐Tahoe Young Professionals Network’s Twenty Under 40 awards, he was selected as a Fellow in the 2013 class of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, and he was recognized by the Builders Association of Northern Nevada as the 2015 Outstanding Public Official. Ben completed his undergraduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He also received a Master of Arts in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois – Springfield. Despite Ben’s enthusiasm for public policy, his family remains his first priority. Ben and his wife April have two sets of boy‐girl twins: Aspen, Austin, Lucy, and Lincoln. In what little free time he can find, Ben likes to fish, ski, hunt, and cheer tirelessly for the Chicago Cubs.


  • Trustee

    Current role

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