Ben Kieckhefer

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Ben Kieckhefer
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Nevada State Senate, District 16
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Education
Bachelor'sDePaul University
Master'sUniversity of Illinois
Personal
Birthday1977
Place of birthSpringfield, Illinois
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Ben Kieckhefer (b. 1977) is a Republican member of the Nevada State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. As of the 2013 session, Kieckhefer serves as Assistant Minority Floor Leader.

Biography

Kieckhefer earned his B.A. from DePaul University and his M.A. from the University of Illinois.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kieckhefer served on the following committees:

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Revenue and Economic Development

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kieckhefer served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Kieckhefer's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

Economy & Jobs

  • Excerpt: "One of the most important things government can do is stay out of the way of businesses as the are built, grow, and create jobs. During his first term, Ben has focused on doing just that. He has fought successfully against massive business tax increases like Senate Democrats’ proposed payroll tax expansion in 2013. He also championed regulation reform, including greater transparency for agencies that regulate businesses (2013 – Senate Bill 370)."

Education

  • Excerpt: "With two children in second grade in the Washoe County School District and two more entering the district in next school year, Ben understands parents’ concerns about the future of our education system. He believes that improving our education system will require continued support for critical education reforms that ensure we get the most out of our existing resources. Ben is also a strong supporter of charter schools and giving parents more choices when it comes to their child’s education."

Government’s Role & Budget

  • Excerpt: "Preserving government’s limited role in the lives of Nevadans is one of the primary reasons Ben is running for re-election. He believes that individuals should be given every opportunity to make their own decisions about what’s best for themselves and their families. In order to preserve these liberties, government must not grow beyond its need to preserve a stable society, and Ben weighs this balance when considering legislation."

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Throughout his first term in the Nevada State Senate, and as a member of the Senate Revenue & Economic Development Committee in 2013, Ben has advocated for maintaining a low tax burden on Nevada families and businesses. Ben was a vocal opponent of the margins tax proposal Democrats proposed in 2011, and remains a strong opponent of the ballot initiative being pushed by big labor that will go to the voters in 2014."

2010

Kieckhefer's website highlighted the following issues:

  • Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "Over the past several years I have worked closely with some of the top business leaders of northern Nevada and heard their concerns about how state government interacts with their business operations. I have their support in this campaign because they know I will fight for every job and work with the private sector rather than allow government bureaucracies to tie their hands."
  • Education
Excerpt: "We must give parents more control over their child's education by promoting the development of more charter schools, as well as turning over greater authority to individual schools for educating their students. We also need to hold teachers and administrators accountable for the success of their students' learning."
  • Spending
Excerpt: "The key to structuring government is to make this interaction a positive in our lives and not a burden. I believe it's time for our government to make some of the tough decisions every other Nevadan is making right now. We must scrutinize every program, every expense, every decision, now more than ever."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "We should be crafting tax policy that stimulates growth and attracts new jobs. Instead it seems too often government puts a higher tax burden on the very small businesses that drive our economy and create jobs."

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Ben Kieckhefer endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Elections

2014

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Ben Kieckhefer defeated Gary Schmidt in the Republican primary, while Michael Kelley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. John Everhart is running as an Independent American candidate. Kelley, Kieckhefer and Everhart will face off in the general election.[3][4][5]

2010

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Kieckhefer won election to the Washoe 4 District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating M. K. Yochum.[6]

Nevada State Senate, Washoe 4 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Kieckhefer (R) 27,314
M. K. Yochum (I) 9,654

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kieckhefer is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Kieckhefer raised a total of $262,912 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 15, 2013.[7]

Ben Kieckhefer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Senate, District 16 Not up for election $32,595
2010 Nevada State Senate, Washoe 4 Won $230,317
Grand Total Raised $262,912

2012

Kieckhefer was not up for election to the Nevada State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kieckhefer raised a total of $32,595.
Nevada State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ben Kieckhefer's campaign in 2012
Nevada Association Of Realtors$3,000
Titlemax Management$2,500
R & R Partners$2,463
Newmont Mining$2,000
CenturyLink$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$32,595
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Kieckhefer won election to the Nevada State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Kieckhefer raised a total of $230,317.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Nevada

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2013

In 2013, the 77th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 4.[8]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 22 Assembly bills and 32 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

2011

In 2011, the 76th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 7 through June 7.[8]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees, personal responsibility, families and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 31 Assembly bills and 31 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on education, educator salaries, benefits and collective bargaining.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on bills that are in the interest of southern Nevada.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

Nevada Policy Research Institute

See also: Nevada Policy Research Institute's Legislative Session Review & Report Card

The Nevada Policy Research Institute, a Nevada-based conservative-libertarian think tank, releases a "Legislative Report Card" evaluating members of the Nevada State Legislature on "each lawmaker's voting record on legislation impacting the degree of economic freedom and education reform." Bills determined by the Institute to be of greater significance are weighted accordingly. According to the Institute, "a legislator with a score above 50 is considered to be an ally of economic liberty".[9]

2011

Kieckhefer received a score of 53.08% in the 2011 report card, ranking 15th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[9]

Personal

Kieckhefer and his wife, April, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Nevada State Senate District 16
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Randolph Townsend
Nevada State Senate Washoe 4
2011–2012
Succeeded by
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