Mark Amodei

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Mark Amodei
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U.S. House, Nevada, District 2
In office
September 13, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorDean Heller (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2102
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
Bachelor'sUniversity of Reno
J.D.University of Pacific
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps
Years of service1984-1987
Date of birthJune 12, 1958
Place of birthCarson City, Nevada
Net worth$166,002
Office website
Campaign website
Mark Amodei campaign logo
Mark E. Amodei (b. June 12, 1958) 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]

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 JD from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 1983.


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


Amodei serves on the following committees:[4]


Amodei served on the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Amodei listed five issues:[6]

  • ”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." [6]

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. [7]

Specific votes

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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]



Amodei won re-election in 2012.[9] 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.[11]

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


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.[12]


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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Amodei's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $102,004 to $230,000. That averages to $166,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.[16]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Amodei's net worth as of 2010 was estimated at $0, which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[17]

Percentage voting with party


Mark Amodei voted with the Republican Party 96% of the time, which ranked 122nd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[18]


Amodei and his divorced wife, Michelle, have two adult children: Erin and Ryann.[19]

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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