Ben Kieckhefer

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Ben Kieckhefer
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Nevada State Senate, District 16
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 4
Base salary$146.29/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Bachelor'sDePaul University
Master'sUniversity of Illinois
Date of birth1977
Place of birthSpringfield, IL
Office website
Ben Kieckhefer (b. 1977) is a Republican member of the Nevada State Senate, representing the Washoe 4 district from 2011 to 2012, and District 16 since February 4, 2013. As of the 2013 session, Kieckhefer serves as Assistant Minority Floor Leader.

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

Committee assignments


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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Revenue and Economic Development


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


Presidential preference


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

Ben Kieckhefer endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



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.[2]

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 themes

Kieckhefer's website talks about 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."

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.[3]

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


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
Total Raised in 2012$32,595
Source:Follow the Money


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


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".[4]


Kieckhefer received a score of 53.08 percent in the 2011 report card, ranking 15th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[4]


Kieckhefer and his wife, April, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nevada State Senate District 16
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Randolph Townsend
Nevada State Senate Washoe 4
Succeeded by