Mark Amodei
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 2nd district
Assumed office
September 13, 2011
Preceded byDean Heller
Chair of the Nevada Republican Party
In office
May 15, 2010 – June 17, 2011
Preceded byChris Comfort
Succeeded byAmy Tarkanian
Member of the Nevada Senate
from the 17th district
In office
February 1, 1999 – February 7, 2011
Preceded byErnest Adler
Succeeded byJames Settelmeyer
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 40th district
In office
January 20, 1997 – February 1, 1999
Preceded byThomas Fettic
Succeeded byBonnie Parnell
Personal details
Mark Eugene Amodei

(1958-06-12) June 12, 1958 (age 63)
Carson City, Nevada, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Sondra Amodei (Divorced)
Michelle Amodei (Divorced)
EducationUniversity of Nevada, Reno (BA)
University of the Pacific (JD)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1983–1987
AwardsArmy Achievement Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Meritorious Service Medal

Mark Eugene Amodei (/ˈæməd/ AM-ə-day; born June 12, 1958) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Nevada's 2nd congressional district since 2011. He served in the Nevada Assembly from 1997 to 1999 and in the Nevada Senate, representing the Capital District, from 1999 to 2011. Amodei chaired the Nevada Republican Party from 2010 until 2011, when he stepped down in order to pursue the nomination for a special election for Congress; he was the Republican nominee in the election held on September 13, 2011, to replace Dean Heller, who had been appointed to the United States Senate. He became the dean of Nevada's congressional delegation once Heller lost his election for a second full term in 2019, although Dina Titus served one term in the House before he was first elected.

Early life, education and military service

Amodei was born in Carson City, Nevada, the son of Joy LaRhe (née Longero) and Donald Mark Amodei. His father was of half Italian and half Irish descent, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Italian.[1] Amodei graduated from Carson High School in 1976, where he was student class president. He graduated from the University of Nevada in 1980 with a B.A. in political science,[2] and received his J.D. degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1983.[3]

When Amodei entered the U.S. Army, he had not yet passed the bar exam, so he was assigned to an artillery unit. He attended The JAG School at the University of Virginia and entered U.S. Army JAG Corps after passing the bar. He became an Army JAG Corps officer prosecuting criminal matters, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Assistant Post Judge Advocate. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. He served with the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps from 1983 to 1987.[4] Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home to become an attorney with the law firms Allison MacKenzie in Carson City and Kummer Kaempfer Bonner Renshaw and Ferrario (now Kaempfer Crowell) in Reno. He served as a lawyer with Allison, MacKenzie from 1987 to 2004 and with Kummer from 2004 to 2007.

As a lawyer, Amodei has been a sole practitioner since 2009. He served as president of the Nevada Mining Association from 2007 to 2008.

Nevada legislature


In 1996, Amodei was elected to the Nevada Assembly, representing Carson City. In 1998, he ran for the Nevada Senate in the Capital District.[5] He defeated incumbent Democratic State Senator Ernie Adler, 52%–48%.[6] In 2002, he was reelected to a second term with 84% of the vote.[7] In 2006, he was reelected to a third term with 78% of the vote.[8]


Amodei was named the Outstanding Freshman Legislator in 1997.[9] He was selected to serve as president pro tempore of the Nevada Senate from 2003 to 2008.[4]

2003 tax increase

In 2003 Amodei and Terry Care co-authored a plan to increase taxes in Nevada by $1 billion. The plan was offered as an alternative to Governor Kenny Guinn's plan, which called for over $1 billion in revenue increases.[10] The final plan raised taxes by $873 million.[11]

Collective bargaining

In 2009, Amodei supported a proposal to expand collective bargaining rights for state workers, who he believed were unfairly treated during the budget process.[12]

Gas tax

In 2009, Amodei sponsored a bill that would have allowed for a gas tax increase in Washoe County; the plan gained public approval in an advisory vote.[13]

Medical liability reform

In 2003, Amodei voted against a tort reform bill that would have changed Nevada's medical liability law.[14] He was the only Republican senator to vote against the bill.

Committee assignments

Amodei has served on the Legislative Commission, the Education Commission of the States, the Public Lands Committee, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Legislative Oversight Committee, as vice chair of the Governor's Task Force on Access to Public Health Care, as chair of the Education Technology Committee, and as a member of the Nevada Supreme Court's committee on court funding.

2010 U.S. Senate election

Main article: 2010 United States Senate election in Nevada

Amodei ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate against Democrat Harry Reid, the Majority Leader. He dropped out before election day, as State Assemblywoman Sharron Angle won the primary and lost the general election to Reid.

U.S. House of Representatives



Main article: 2011 Nevada's 2nd congressional district special election

Amodei being sworn-in by Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Amodei being sworn-in by Speaker of the House John Boehner.

On September 13, 2011, Nevada's 2nd congressional district elected Amodei to replace U.S. Representative Dean Heller. Heller had been appointed to fill John Ensign's seat in the U.S. Senate after Ensign resigned from the position. Amodei announced his bid for the congressional seat in May 2011. The next month, he won the Republican nomination by taking 221 out of 323 ballots. In the primary, he defeated State Senator Greg Brower, who received 56 votes, and U.S. Navy veteran Kirk Lippold, who received 46 votes.[15]

Amodei defeated Democratic nominee Kate Marshall 58%–36%. He won every county in the district.[16]


See also: 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada § District 2

Amodei during the 112th Congress
Amodei during the 112th Congress

Amodei ran for a full term against Democrat Samuel Koepnick, an information technology employee for the State of Nevada. He was endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA).[17] He did so in a district that had been made slightly more compact than its predecessor in redistricting. It lost almost all of its southern portion to the new 4th district. Even so, it was still the eighth-largest district in the country that did not cover an entire state.

Amodei defeated Koepnick 58%–36%. He won every county in the district.[18][19]


See also: 2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada § District 2

Amodei ran for reelection to his second full term. He defeated Democrat Kristen Spees, 65.8% to 27.9%.[20]


See also: 2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada § District 2

Amodei ran for reelection to a third full term. He defeated Democrat Chip Evans, 58.3% to 36.9%.[21]


See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada § District 2

Amodei ran for reelection to a fourth full term. He defeated Democrat Clint Koble, 58.2% to 41.8%.[22]


See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada § District 2

Amodei ran for reelection to a fifth full term. He defeated Democrat Patricia Ackerman, 56.5% to 40.7%.[23]


Amodei was sworn in on September 15, 2011.[24]

Amodei voted against the bill to end the United States federal government shutdown of 2013. Of the vote, he said, "During two campaigns, I told Nevadans I would give my full attention to such issues as reining in runaway federal spending, debt, and the harmful aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Unlike many in this town, I will not test your memories and hope you have forgotten. I will continue to pursue these necessary goals. Nothing in this legislation changes the real threats to our country's economy."[25]

Amodei received a 0% rating from Planned Parenthood's 2014 Congressional Scorecard for supporting a nationwide abortion ban after 20 weeks and banning abortion access in the District of Columbia and through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[26]

Amodei announced his support for a House impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump on September 27, 2019.[27] National news media began to refer to Amodei as the first House Republican to support impeachment. A spokesman then further clarified his position by stating Amodei supported an inquiry but not impeachment.[28]


Amodei voted for the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, which authorized DHS to nearly double the available H-2B visas for the remainder of FY 2020.[29][30]

Amodei voted for the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1158), which effectively prohibits ICE from cooperating with Health and Human Services to detain or remove illegal alien sponsors of unaccompanied alien children (UACs).[31]

Amodei supports Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).[32]

LGBT rights

In 2021, Amodei was among the House Republicans to sponsor the Fairness for All Act, the Republican alternative to the Equality Act.[33] The bill would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and protect the free exercise of religion.


On July 25, 2014, Amodei introduced the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act (H.R. 5205; 113th Congress), a bill that would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to convey certain federal lands in Nevada to other government entities.[34] The bill is a package of numerous other bills related to land conveyance in Nevada, which make up the bulk of Amodei's legislation.[35]

In total, Amodei has sponsored 45 bills, including:[36]

112th Congress (2011–2012)

113th Congress (2013–2014)

114th Congress (2015–2016)

Committee assignments

114th Congress:

House Committee on Appropriations

In the 112th and 113th Congress, Amodei served on the House Judiciary Committee, the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Veterans Affairs:

House Judiciary Committee
House Natural Resources Committee
House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Caucus memberships

2020 presidential election

Amodei did not join the majority of Republican members of Congress who sided with the Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election. He voted to certify both Arizona's and Pennsylvania's results in the 2021 United States Electoral College vote count.

Electoral history

1998 Nevada Senate election in the Capital District[42]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mark E. Amodei 12,348 53%
Democratic Ernie Adler (Incumbent) 10,896 47%
Majority 1,452 6%
Turnout 23,244
Republican gain from Democratic Swing
2002 Nevada Senate election in the Capital District[43]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mark E. Amodei 25,368 82%
Democratic David Schumann 4,962 16%
Republican hold Swing
2006 Nevada Senate election in the Capital District[44]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mark E. Amodei 27,039 78%
Democratic Ike Yochum 7,761 22%
Republican hold Swing
2011 Nevada 2nd Congressional District (Special Election) [45]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark E. Amodei 74,976 58
Democratic Kate Marshall 46,669 36
Independent Helmuth Lehmann 5,354 4
Independent American Timothy Fasano 2,415 2
Total votes 129,414
Republican hold
2012 Nevada 2nd Congressional District [46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark E. Amodei (Incumbent) 162,213 57.63
Democratic Samuel Koepnick 103,019 36.25
Independent American Michael L. Haines 11,166 3.97
Independent American Russell Best 6,051 2.15
Total votes 281,449 100.0
Republican hold
2014 Nevada 2nd Congressional District [47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark E. Amodei (Incumbent) 122,402 65.73
Democratic Kristen Spees 52,016 27.93
Independent American Janine Hansen 11,792 6.33
Total votes 186,210 100.0
Republican hold
2016 Nevada 2nd Congressional District [48]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark E. Amodei (Incumbent) 182,676 58.30
Democratic H.D. "Chip" Evans 115,722 36.93
Independent American John H. Everhart 8,693 2.77
No party affiliation Drew Knight 6,245 1.99
Total votes 313,336 100.0
Republican hold
2018 Nevada 2nd Congressional District [49]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark E. Amodei (Incumbent) 167,435 58.23
Democratic Clint Koble 120,102 41.77
Total votes 287,537 100.00
Republican hold
2020 Nevada 2nd Congressional District[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark E. Amodei (incumbent) 216,078 56.5
Democratic Patricia Ackerman 155,780 40.7
Independent American Janine Hansen 10,815 2.8
Total votes 382,673 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life

Amodei has two daughters: Erin, a nursing student at Truckee Meadows Community College, and Ryanne, a physician trainer on the DaVinci Robotic Surgical Instrument and former engineer in the U.S. Navy.[citation needed]


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Nevada Senate Preceded byErnie Adler Member of the Nevada Senatefrom the 17th district 1999–2010 Succeeded byJames Settelmeyer Party political offices Preceded byChris Comfort Chair of the Nevada Republican Party 2010–2011 Succeeded byAmy Tarkanian U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byDean Heller Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada's 2nd congressional district 2011–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded bySteve Womack United States representatives by seniority 152nd Succeeded bySuzanne Bonamici