|U.S. House, Nevada, District 2|
|September 13, 2011-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Dean Heller (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$6.97 in 2012|
|First elected||September 13, 2011|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Nevada State Senate|
|Bachelor's||University of Reno|
|J.D.||University of Pacific|
|Service/branch||U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps|
|Years of service||1984-1987|
|Birthday||June 12, 1958|
|Place of birth||Carson City, Nevada|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.2 Campaign themes
- 4.3 Presidential preference
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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 Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 1983.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Bonner's academic, professional and political career:
- 1984-1987:Lawyer for the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps
Amodei serves 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 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first 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 Department of Homeland Security 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.
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 would allow 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 finally 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 funds 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 for 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 is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
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 his campaign website, Amodei listed five issues:
- ”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."
- ”Healthcare Reform”
- On his website, Amodei said, "The Obama Healthcare 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."
Amodei won re-election in 2012. He defeated Samuel Koepnick (D), Michael L. Haines (I) and Russel Best (I) 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"|
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|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Amodei's reports.
|Mark Amodei (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|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|
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|
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:
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Amodei missed 51 of 992 roll call votes from September 11 to April 2013. This amounts to 5.1%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
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 ranks 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.
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.
|Mark Amodei Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Mark Amodei has voted with the Republican Party 96% of the time, which ranked 122nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.
Amodei is divorced with two adult children: Erin and Ryann.
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- Politico "2012 Election Map, Nevada"
- Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Amodei," Accessed June 18, 2013
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "AMODEI, Mark E., (1958 - )"
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- 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, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- 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
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 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 "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Amodei for Congress "Issues" April 23, 2012
- The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved 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)"
- 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
- Open Secrets "Mark Amodei 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Mark Amodei," Accessed August 6, 2013
- Gov Track "Mark Amodei," Accessed June 18, 2013
- GovTrack, "Amodei," Accessed April 10, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Mark Amodei," Accessed October 8, 2012
- OpenSecrets.org,"Mark Amodei (R-NV), 2012"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- Amodei for Congress "Meet Mark Amodei *(AM-UH-DAY)"
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