Ben Kieckhefer

Director of Client Relations

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Professional Background

Ben serves as Director of Client Relations at McDonald Carano and is responsible for the strategic development and execution of firmwide client relations initiatives.

Ben recently served as a member of the Nevada State Senate for three consecutive four-year terms representing District 16. Senator Kieckhefer began his first term in 2011 and his leadership positions included serving as Assistant Minority Floor Leader (2017-2018, 2013-2014) and Assistant Majority Floor Leader (2015-2016). In October 2021, one year prior to the scheduled conclusion of his third term, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak appointed Senator Kieckhefer to serve on the Nevada Gaming Commission.

As Senator, Ben’s legislative 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.

Ben’s professional background also includes serving the State of Nevada as Communications Director for Governor Jim Gibbons and the 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.

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.

Despite Ben’s enthusiasm over 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.

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