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Mark Amodei
Mark armodei.jpg
U.S. House, Nevada, District 2
In office
September 13, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorDean Heller (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$6.97 in 2012
First electedSeptember 13, 2011
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,313,852
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nevada State Senate
1999-April 2010
Nevada Assembly
High schoolCarson High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nevada, Reno
J.D.University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1984-1987
Date of birthJune 12, 1958
Place of birthCarson City, Nevada
Net worth(2012) $166,002
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Amodei campaign logo
Mark E. Amodei (b. June 12, 1958, in Carson City, NV) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada. Amodei was elected by voters from Nevada's 2nd Congressional District.

Amodei was first elected in a special election in 2011 to fill the seat left vacant by Republican Dean Heller.[1]

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.[2] Amodei then defeated Kristen Spees (D) and Janine Hansen (Independent American) in the general election.[3]

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.[4][5]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Amodei's academic, professional and political career:[4][5]

  • 2011-Present: U.S. Representative from Nevada's 2nd Congressional District
  • 2009-Present: Lawyer, private practice
  • 2004-2007: Lawyer with Kummer, et al.
  • 2003-2008: President pro tempore of the Nevada State Senate
  • 1998-2010: Member of the Nevada State Senate
  • 1996-1998: Member of the Nevada State Assembly
  • 1987-2002: Lawyer with Allison, MacKenzie, et al.
  • 1984-1987: Lawyer for the United States Army, Judge Advocate General Corps
  • 1983: Earned J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, CA
  • 1980: Earned B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, NV
  • 1976: Graduated from Carson High School, Carson City, NV

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Amodei serves on the following committees:[6]


Amodei served on the following committees:[7]


Amodei served on the following committees:[8]

Key votes

113th Congress


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.[9] For more information pertaining to Amodei's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

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.[11]


Yea3.png 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.[12]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Amodei supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png 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.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png 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.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]


Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Amodei supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[14] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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.[16] 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.[17] Amodei voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Nay3.png 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.[18] 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.[19]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]


Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Amodei supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[22]

Social issues


Yea3.png 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.[23]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png 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 RepublicansThomas 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.[24] Amodei joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[25][26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png 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.[27]


On The Issues Vote Match

Mark Amodei's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
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.[28]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[29]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
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.[28] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Amodei listed five issues:[30]

  • ”Tax Fairness”
  • On his website, Amodei said, "I disagree with President Obama’s assessment that Americans pay too little in taxes. There is a reason why the President wants higher taxes. Under his policies, the gap between what the government collects and what it spends has never been greater. As Nevada’s next Congressman, I pledge to advocate for changes in federal tax and spending policies that will reduce the burden on struggling American Families and the small businesses that are the backbone of our economy."
  • ”Energy Policy”
  • On his website, Amodei said, "High gasoline and energy prices affect every sector of the economy: Working families, seniors on fixed incomes, small businesses, tourism and higher commodity prices for consumers. Nevada will be hit especially hard by sustained higher energy prices, further delaying the economic recovery of our State. If elected, I will advocate for a rational, reasonable energy policy that does not promote a radical environmental agenda at the expense of ordinary Americans."
  • ”Health Care Reform”
  • On his website, Amodei said, "The Obama Health Care Reform Program must be repealed, because a program that increases health care costs while limiting access to care is not reform. While I agree that health care costs have become too burdensome for many Americans, I do not support a radical overhaul of America’s world class system of health care innovation and treatment."
  • ”National Security”
  • On his website, Amodei said, "I am proud to have served in the United States Army, and even prouder to have a daughter who has recently served in the United States Navy. For the Amodei Family, supporting the men and women of the Armed Services is a way of life. As your Congressman, I will work to make sure that our military is the best equipped and trained fighting force in the world."
  • ”Nevada Comes First”
  • On his website, Amodei said, "As your Congressman, I pledge to work hard for Nevada every day. In Congress, as was true when I was a Nevada Legislator, no one should expect me to follow the party line if it is not in the best interest of the people of Nevada. I pledge to vote to roll back the excessive tax and spending agenda of the Obama Administration, which has done incredible harm to working Nevadans, our natural resources and our unique economy."[30]


—Mark Amodei,

Presidential preference


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

Mark Amodei endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [32]



See also: Nevada's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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.[3]

U.S. House, Nevada District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Amodei Incumbent 65.7% 122,402
     Democratic Kristen Spees 27.9% 52,016
     Independent American Janine Hansen 6.3% 11,792
Total Votes 186,210
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.[33] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012.

U.S. House, Nevada District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Samuel Koepnick 36.2% 102,019
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Amodei Incumbent 57.6% 162,213
     Independent Michael L. Haines 4% 11,166
     Independent American Party of Nevada Russel Best 2.1% 6,051
Total Votes 281,449
Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

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 $2,018,879 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[35]

Mark Amodei's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Nevada, District 2) Won $705,027
2012 U.S. House (Nevada, District 2) Won $1,313,852
Grand Total Raised $2,018,879

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Amodei won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Amodei's campaign committee raised a total of $705,027 and spent $698,200.[36] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[37]

Cost per vote

Amodei spent $5.70 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Nevada District 2, 2014 - Mark Amodei Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $705,027
Total Spent $698,200
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $10,906
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $10,904
Top contributors to Mark Amodei's campaign committee
International Game Technology$16,500
Sierra Nevada Corp$13,700
American Society of Anesthesiologists$10,000
Barrick Gold Corp$10,000
Caesars Entertainment$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$31,100
Health Professionals$30,000

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Amodei's reports.[38]


Amodei won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Amodei's campaign committee raised a total of $1,313,852 and spent $1,129,926.[47]

Cost per vote

Amodei spent $6.97 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-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 two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[48] 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.[49]

Mark Amodei Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage 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%.[50]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, 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.[51]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Mark Amodei Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,837,974
Total Spent $1,567,619
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$119,500
Lawyers/Law Firms$95,415
Health Professionals$90,500
% total in top industry7.16%
% total in top two industries13.66%
% total in top five industries27.74%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Amodei was a "moderate Republican follower" as of July 2014.[52] Amodei was rated as a "rank-and-file Republican" in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

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.[53]

Amodei most often votes with:

Amodei least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[52]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[54]

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.[55]

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.[56]


Amodei voted with the Republican Party 96 percent of the time, which ranked 122nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[57]


Amodei is divorced with two adult children: Erin and Ryanne.[58] He lists his religious affiliation as "Christian."[59]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dean Heller
U.S. House of Representatives - Nevada District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ernie Adler
Nevada State Senate - Capital District
Succeeded by
James Settelmeyer
Preceded by
Nevada Assembly
Succeeded by