|U.S. House, Nevada, District 2|
|September 13, 2011-Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||Dean Heller (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Cost per vote||$6.97 in 2012|
|First elected||September 13, 2011|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Nevada State Senate|
|High school||Carson High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Nevada, Reno|
|J.D.||University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law|
|Years of service||1984-1987|
|Date of birth||June 12, 1958|
|Place of birth||Carson City, Nevada|
|Net worth||(2012) $166,002|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.2 National security
- 4.3 Economy
- 4.4 Immigration
- 4.5 Healthcare
- 4.6 Social issues
- 4.7 Government affairs
- 4.8 Previous congressional sessions
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
Amodei won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 10, 2014. Amodei then defeated Kristen Spees (D) and Janine Hansen (Independent American) in the general election.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Amodei is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Amodei was born in Carson City, Nevada. He earned his B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1980. He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 1983. Amodei served in the U.S. Army from 1984-1987.
- 1976: Graduated from Carson High School, Carson City, NV
- 1980: Earned B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, NV
- 1983: Earned J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA
- 1984-1987: Lawyer for the United States Army, Judge Advocate General Corps
- 1987-2002: Lawyer with Allison, MacKenzie, et al.
- 1996-1998: Member of the Nevada State Assembly
- 1998-2010: Member of the Nevada State Senate
- 2003-2008: President pro tempore of the Nevada State Senate
- 2004-2007: Lawyer with Kummer, et al.
- 2009-Present: Lawyer, private practice
- 2011-Present: U.S. Representative for Nevada's 2nd Congressional District
Amodei served on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security
- United States House Committee on Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
- Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
- United States House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
Amodei served on the following committees:
- Judiciary Committee
- Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
- Veterans' Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Amodei's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American intervention in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Amodei signed a letter asking President Obama to "consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria." The letter was sent August 28, 2013.
Amodei supported HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Amodei supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Amodei opposed House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Amodei supported of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Amodei voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Amodei voted against HR 2775.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Amodei supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Amodei supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Amodei supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit. Amodei joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.
Previous congressional sessions
Amodei voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Amodei is a Moderate Conservative. Amodei received a score of 33 percent on social issues and 69 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Strongly Favors||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Favors|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Favors|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Strongly Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Neutral|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Strongly Favors||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Strongly Favors|
|Prioritize green energy||Opposes||Expand the military||Strongly Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Opposes||Stay out of Iran||Strongly Opposes|
|Privatize Social Security||Unknown||Never legalize marijuana||Unknown|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
On his campaign website, Amodei listed five issues:
Amodei won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed for the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 10, 2014. Amodei then defeated Kristen Spees (D) and Janine Hansen (Independent American) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Nevada District 2 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Mark Amodei Incumbent||65.7%||122,402|
|Independent American||Janine Hansen||6.3%||11,792|
|Source: Nevada Secretary of State|
Amodei won re-election in 2012. He defeated Samuel Koepnick (D), Michael L. Haines (I) and Russel Best (Independent American) in the general election. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012.
|U.S. House, Nevada District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Mark Amodei Incumbent||57.6%||162,213|
|Independent||Michael L. Haines||4%||11,166|
|Independent American Party of Nevada||Russel Best||2.1%||6,051|
|Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Amodei attends.
Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.
Comprehensive donor history
Comprehensive donor information for Amodei is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Amodei raised a total of $1,313,852 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.
|Mark Amodei's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Nevada, District 2)||$1,313,852|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,313,852|
|Mark Amodei (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$188,551||$24,650||$(42,995)||$170,205|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$170,205||$20,750||$(29,313)||$161,641|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$161,641||$78,550||$(28,365)||$211,826|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$211,826||$72,321||$(51,607)||$231,539|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$231,539.94||$141,991.00||$(119,035.55)||$254,495.39|
|Pre-Primary||May 29, 2014||$254,495.39||$34,450.00||$(45,287.81)||$243,657.58|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$243,657.58||$63,036.76||$(33,530.80)||$273,163.54|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$273,163.54||$213,161.50||$(184,609.26)||$301,715.78|
Cost per vote
Amodei spent $6.97 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Nevada District 2, 2012 - Mark Amodei Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$7,617|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$7,617|
|Top contributors to Mark Amodei's campaign committee|
|National Mining Assn||$20,000|
|American Bankers Assn||$15,000|
|Every Republican is Crucial PAC||$15,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Amodei's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $102,004 and $230,000. That averages to $166,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Amodei ranked as the 360th most wealthy representative in 2012. Between 2010 and 2012, Amodei's calculated net worth increased from $0 to $166,002. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Mark Amodei Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2010 to 2012:||N/A|
|Average annual growth:||N/A|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
PGI: Donation Concentration Metric
Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Amodei received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Casinos/Gambling industry.
From 2009-2014, 27.74 percent of Amodei's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.
|Mark Amodei Campaign Contributions|
|Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|% total in top industry||7.16%|
|% total in top two industries||13.66%|
|% total in top five industries||27.74%|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Amodei most often votes with:
Amodei least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Amodei missed 137 of 2,004 roll call votes from September 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 6.8 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Amodei paid his congressional staff a total of $180,346 in 2011. Overall, Nevada ranked 50th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Amodei ranked 154th in the conservative rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Amodei voted with the Republican Party 94.2 percent of the time, which ranked 117th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.
Amodei voted with the Republican Party 96 percent of the time, which ranked 122nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
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- Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, "Amodei," accessed June 18, 2013
- Associated Press, "Nevada - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2014
- The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "AMODEI, Mark E., (1958 - )," accessed October 13, 2014
- Congressman Mark Amodei, Representing the 2nd District of Nevada, "Biography," accessed October 13, 2014
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 23, 2013
- Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Information," accessed November 13, 2011
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Amodei's Political Summary," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mark Amodei's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 29, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Amodei on agriculture," accessed September 29, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mark Amodei's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 29, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mark Amodei's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 29, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Mark Amodei on abortion," accessed September 29, 2013
- U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
- Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
- Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
- On The Issues, "Mark Amodei Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- Amodei for Congress, "Issues," accessed April 23, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 23, 2011
- This Is Reno, "Amodei will run for re-election, touts accomplishments in first 55 days in congress," accessed February 4, 2012
- Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, Silver State Election, "U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 (Official)," accessed September 14, 2011
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Mark Amodei," accessed April 18, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Amodei 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
- FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
- FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
- FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
- FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
- FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
- FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
- FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
- FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Mark Amodei 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Mark Amodei (R-NV), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
- OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. Mark Amodei," accessed September 24, 2014
- GovTrack, "Mark Amodei," accessed July 30, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Mark Amodei," accessed July 30, 2014
- LegiStorm, "Mark Amodei," accessed October 8, 2012
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 30, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Amodei for Congress, "Meet Mark Amodei *(AM-UH-DAY)," accessed November 13, 2011
- The Pew Forum, "The Religious Affiliation of Each Member of Congress," accessed October 13, 2014
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