Gov.-elect Joe Lombardo said Monday he will name former State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer his chief of staff.
“I’m delighted to announce Ben Kieckhefer as my incoming chief of staff,” said Lombardo. “Ben has dedicated his life and career to the service of Nevadans, and there is no one more qualified or better prepared for this role. I know that Ben’s exceptional leadership, unmatched integrity, and extensive legislative experience will be an important part of our success in Carson City.”
Kieckhefer served as a member of the Nevada Senate for three terms representing District 16. Kieckhefer first took office in 2011 and went on to serve in several leadership positions, including as assistant minority floor leader (2017-18, 2013-14) and as assistant majority floor leader (2015-16).
“I’m honored to join Gov.-elect Lombardo’s administration,” said Kieckhefer. “I’m humbled by Gov.-elect Lombardo’s trust in me, and I’m excited to have another opportunity to serve Nevada, a state I love so deeply. … I’m confident that this administration will deliver innovative solutions and historic victories for our great state.”
Following his tenure in the state Senate, Kieckhefer was appointed to serve on the Nevada Gaming Commission in October 2021. In addition to serving on the commission, Kieckhefer currently serves as the director of client relations for the McDonald Carano law firm. Kieckhefer will resign from the Nevada Gaming Commission once Lombardo is sworn into office in January.
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