Mark E. Amodei (pronounced ah-muh-day; born June 12, 1958) is the Congressman for Nevada's second congressional district. Prior to that, Amodei was a Republican member of the Nevada Senate, representing the Capital District from 1998 to 2010. Previously he served in the Nevada Assembly from 1997 through 1998. After public office as state Senator, he served as chairman of the Nevada Republican Party until May 2011, when he stepped down in order to pursue the republican nomination for Congress. Amodei was the Republican candidate for the special election held on September 13, 2011, to replace former Congressman and now Senator Dean Heller in Nevada's second congressional district.
Early life, education, and military service
Amodei graduated from Carson High School in 1976, where he was student class president.
He attended the University of Nevada before enrolling at McGeorge Law School, where he received his J.D. in 1983.
When Amodei entered the U.S. Army, he had not yet passed the bar exam. So, he was assigned to an artillery division. Upon 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 Award. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home to become an attorney.
In 1996, he was elected to the Nevada Assembly, representing Carson City, the state capital. He was named the Outstanding Freshman Legislator.
In 1998, he was elected to the Nevada Senate to the Capital District. A few years later, he was selected to serve as the President pro tempore of the Nevada State Senate.
He has served on the Legislative Commission, Vice Chair of the Governor's Task Force on Access to Public Health Care, Education Commission of the States, Public Lands committee, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Legislative Oversight committee, Chairman of the Education Technology committee, and was a member of the Nevada Supreme Court's committee on Court Funding.
Amodei was the co-author, with Democratic Senator Terry Care, of a plan in 2003 to increase taxes in Nevada by $1 billion. The plan was offered as an alternative to governor Kenny Guinn's tax plan, which called for over $1 billion in revenue increases. The final plan raised taxes by $873 million.
In 2009, Amodei supported a proposal to expand collect bargaining rights for state workers, whom he believed were unfairly treated during the budget process.
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.
In 2003, Amodei voted against a tort reform bill that would have changed Nevada's medical liability law. He was the only Republican Senator to vote against the bill.
U.S House of Representatives
On September 13, 2011, Nevada's second Congressional district elected Amodei to replace Congressman Dean Heller. Heller had been appointed to fill John Ensign's seat the U.S.
Senate, following Ensign's resignation 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 prominent U.S. Navy Veteran Kirk Lippold, who received 46 votes.
Amodei easily won the General election, defeating Democrat Kate Marshall by a margin of 58% to 36%.
Mark Amodei was sworn in on September 15th, 2011.
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.
December 11th, 2011