Ron Knecht

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Ron Knecht
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Nevada Controller
In office
Term ends
Years in position 0
PredecessorKim Wallin (D)
Base salary$102,898
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nevada State Assembly, District 40
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois
J.D.University of San Francisco
ProfessionEconomist and Policy Analyst
Office website
Campaign website
Ron Knecht is the current Republican Nevada Controller. He was first elected to the office on November 4, 2014.[1]

He served in the Nevada Assembly for the 2002-04 term, representing District 40 (Carson and Washoe Cities). Knecht was a candidate for Nevada University Board of Regents for District 9 in 2012.


Knecht is married to his wife, Kathy, and has a daughter, Karyn.[2] He was born and raised in a small town in the Midwest. He has been a resident of Nevada since 2001.


Knecht obtained his B.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois in 1971.[3] After spending a number of years working in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, he obtained a Master's Degree from Stanford University in Engineering in 1989. Knecht obtained his J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1995.

Knecht is an economist and policy analyst, Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer (in California) and lawyer who has worked in the public and private sectors.[3] He conducts economic, financial, technical and policy analyses as an economist and he has written and testified as an expert witness in those areas. He worked as a consultant, after serving as Senior Economist at Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission where he worked from 2001-2012. He has been a founder, executive or board member for six business firms and five public interest groups.

Political career

Nevada Controller (2015-present)

Knecht was first elected to the controller's office on November 4, 2014. He was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, replacing term-limited predecessor Kim Wallin (D).

Nevada Assembly, District 40 (2002-2004)

Knecht represented District 40 in the Nevada State Assembly from 2002 to 2004.

Committee assignments

Knecht served on the following committees:[3]

  • Periodic Presidential Evaluation Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Business and Finance Committee
  • Health Sciences System Committee
  • Investment and Facilities Committee



See also: Nevada down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Knecht ran for election to the office of Nevada Controller. Knecht secured the Republican nomination in the primary on June 10, 2014.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Nevada Controller, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Knecht 52.6% 56,497
Barry Herr 19.4% 20,820
None of these candidates 14.4% 15,423
Cort Arlint 13.7% 14,736
Total Votes 107,476
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.
General election
Nevada Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Knecht 52.5% 282,674
     Democratic Andrew Martin 37.6% 202,573
     Independent American Tom Jones 5.4% 29,108
     Independent None of these candidates 4.4% 23,811
Total Votes 538,166
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.

Campaign donors

Below is a summary of Knecht's contributions and expenses with respect to the current election.[4]

Ron Knecht Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Report No. 1May 22, 2012$0$1,395$(745)$550
Report No. 2June 8, 2012$550$2,970$(1,221.45)$2,298.55
Running totals

Knecht has had no donations above $500.

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External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Nevada Secretary of State, 2014 Filed Candidates, accessed March 18, 2014
  2. Ron Knecht Information Nevada System of Higher Education
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  4. Nevada Contribution and Expense Reports, Nevada Secretary of State, accessed October 4, 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Wallin (D)
Nevada Controller
Succeeded by