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Mark Amodei
Mark armodei.jpg
U.S. House, Nevada, District 2
Incumbent
In office
September 13, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDean Heller (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.97 in 2012
First electedSeptember 13, 2011
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,313,852
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nevada State Senate
1999-April 2010
Nevada Assembly
1997-1998
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Reno
J.D.University of Pacific
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps
Years of service1984-1987
Personal
BirthdayJune 12, 1958
Place of birthCarson City, Nevada
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$166,002
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Amodei campaign logo
Mark E. Amodei (b. June 12, 1958, in Carson City, Nevada) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada. Amodei was elected by voters from Nevada's 2nd Congressional District. He ran successfully for re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Amodei was first elected in a special election in 2011 to fill the seat left vacant by Republican Dean Heller.[2]

Amodei is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.

Biography

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.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Bonner's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1984-1987:Lawyer for the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Amodei serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Amodei served on the following committees:[5]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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.[6] For more information pertaining to Amodei's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

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.[8]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Amodei supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[13] 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.[14] Amodei voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "No" 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 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.[15] 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.[16]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[17] The vote largely followed party lines.[18]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Amodei supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[19]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" 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.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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.[21]

Campaign themes

2012

On his campaign website, Amodei listed five issues:[22]

  • ”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."[22]

[23]

—Mark Amodei, http://www.amodei4congress.com/topics/currentissues.asp

Presidential preference

2012

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

Mark Amodei endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [24]

Elections

2014

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

Amodei is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

Amodei won re-election in 2012. He defeated Samuel Koepnick (D), Michael L. Haines (I) and Russel Best (I) in the general election.[25] 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

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.[27]

Mark Amodei's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Nevada, District 2) Won $1,313,852
Grand Total Raised $1,313,852

2014

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.[28]

Mark Amodei (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$188,551$24,650$(42,995)$170,205
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$170,205$20,750$(29,313)$161,641
October Quarterly[31]October 15, 2013$161,641$78,550$(28,365)$211,826
Year-End Quarterly[32]December 31, 2013$211,826$72,321$(51,607)$231,539
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$231,539.94$141,991.00$(119,035.55)$254,495.39
Running totals
$338,262$(271,315.55)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Amodei's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[34]

Cost per vote

Amodei spent $6.97 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

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.[35]

Amodei most often votes with:

Amodei least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Amodei is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[36]

Lifetime voting record

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

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.[37]

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 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.[38]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[39]

Mark Amodei Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$166,002.00
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.

Voting with party

2013

Mark Amodei voted with the Republican Party 96% of the time, which ranked 122nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[40]

Personal

Amodei is divorced with two adult children: Erin and Ryann.[41]

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References

  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Nevada"
  2. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, "Amodei," accessed June 18, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "AMODEI, Mark E., (1958 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Information"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "Amodei's Political Summary," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mark Amodei's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 29, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "Amodei on agriculture," accessed September 29, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mark Amodei's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 29, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Mark Amodei's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 29, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Mark Amodei on abortion," accessed September 29, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 Amodei for Congress, "Issues," accessed April 23, 2012
  23. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  24. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 23, 2011
  25. This Is Reno, "Amodei will run for re-election, touts accomplishments in first 55 days in congress," accessed February 4, 2012
  26. Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, Silver State Election, "U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 (Official)"
  27. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Mark Amodei," accessed April 18, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Amodei 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  29. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  30. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  31. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  32. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  33. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  34. Open Secrets, "Mark Amodei 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  35. OpenCongress, "Mark Amodei," accessed August 6, 2013
  36. GovTrack, "Mark Amodei," accessed June 18, 2013
  37. GovTrack, "Amodei," accessed April 10, 2013
  38. LegiStorm, "Mark Amodei," accessed October 8, 2012
  39. Open Secrets, "Mark Amodei (R-NV), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  41. Amodei for Congress, "Meet Mark Amodei *(AM-UH-DAY)"
Political offices
Preceded by
Dean Heller
U.S. House of Representatives - Nevada District 2
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Ernie Adler
Nevada State Senate - Capital District
1999–2010
Succeeded by
James Settelmeyer
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Nevada Assembly
1996-1998
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