Ben Kieckhefer, a former state senator and Nevada Gaming Commissioner, will function chief of employees for Gov.-elect Joe Lombardo.
A Republican state senator first elected in 2010, Kieckhefer resigned shortly earlier than he termed out to sit down on the Nevada Gaming Fee in October 2021. He’ll resign from the fee when Lombardo takes workplace in January.
Throughout his time in workplace, the place he additionally chaired the highly effective Senate Finance Committee in 2015, Kieckhefer backed faculty alternative and advocated for regulatory reform, together with extra transparency round enterprise laws.
“I’m humbled by Governor-elect Lombardo’s belief in me, and I’m excited to have one other alternative to serve Nevada, a state I really like so deeply,” Kieckhefer stated in a press launch. “Beneath Governor-elect Lombardo, I’m assured that this administration will ship modern options and historic victories for our nice state.”
Kieckhefer additionally works as director of consumer relations for McDonald Carano, a Reno-based legislation agency distinguished within the Nevada political sphere.
Lombardo beforehand appointed Kieckhefer as a member of his transition staff, which additionally options a number of Republican state lawmakers and members of the state’s enterprise neighborhood.
“Ben has devoted his life and profession to the service of Nevadans, and there’s no another certified or higher ready for this function,” Lombardo stated in a press release. “I do know that Ben’s distinctive management, unmatched integrity, and in depth legislative expertise shall be an vital a part of our success in Carson Metropolis.”
Reporter Jacob Solis contributed to this story.