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State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer resigns, appointed to gaming board

Republican State. Sen. Ben Kieckhefer announced his resignation on Oct. 8, 2021.
Republican State. Sen. Ben Kieckhefer announced his resignation on Oct. 8, 2021.(Ben Kieckhefer)
Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 6:59 AM PDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2021 at 2:50 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - FRIDAY 2:30 P.M. Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday afternoon announced the appointments of Ben Kieckhefer and Jennifer Togliatti to the Nevada Gaming Commission, which regulates casinos in Nevada.

Kieckhefer resigned his state senate position on Friday morning after serving for a decade. The Republican works as director of client relations at the McDonald Carano law firm.

Sisolak appointed Togliatti as chairman, the first woman to hold that position. She is a former Clark County district court judge.

“Both Judge Togliatti and Sen. Kieckhefer are highly qualified appointments to these positions, and I am glad to have them continue their service to the Silver State by serving on the Nevada Gaming Commission,” Sisolak said in a statement. “This commission is the gold standard of gaming regulation, and these appointments will continue to honor that.”

The commission licenses casinos and rules on work permit appeals and acts as judges when the Gaming Control Board prosecutes violations.

ORGINAL STORY: Nevada State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer has announced his resignation.

The Republican tweeted Friday morning, “While it has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of the State of Nevada as a State Senator, yesterday afternoon I submitted a letter of resignation to Governor Sisolak. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped and supported me over the past decade, particularly my constituents, who trusted me to represent them in their government. I’m incredibly proud of the work we have done to help move Nevada forward. Most importantly, I’d like to thank my wife April, and our children, for their unwavering support. Without them, my service would not have been possible.”

Kieckhefer did not give a reason for his resignation.

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