Birthdate: June 12, 1958
Birth Place: Carson City, NV, United States
Residence: Carson City, NV
First Elected: 2011
District: District 2
Mark Amodei was born and raised in Carson City, Nev. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nevada-Reno, and a law degree from University of the Pacific.
Amodei was an officer of the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corp, prosecuting criminal matters from 1983 to 1887. After an honorable discharge, he practiced at various private law firms and as a sole practitioner in northern Nevada.
Amodei was elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1996 and then served in the state Senate from 1998 until 2010. He served as chairman of the Nevada Republican Party until May 2011, when he decided to run for Congress.
Amodei was elected to represent Nevada's 2nd Congressional District in a 2011 special election to fill the seat of then-Rep. Dean Heller, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Brian Sandoval following the resignation of then-Sen. John Ensign.
Amodei is divorced and has two daughters.
Mark Amodei, a former state legislator, cruised to victory in a September 2011 special election to fill Nevada's open 2nd Congressional District seat.
The Nevada Supreme Court overturned rules established by Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller over who would be able to run. Miller had said the ballot would be open to anyone who wanted to file, calling it a "ballot royale" that initially drew 15 GOP contestants. The Supreme Court rejected this, saying major political party central committees should pick their nominee. Amodei, the former chairman of the state GOP, was selected and easily defeated the Democratic candidate Kate Marshall, the state treasurer, in the heavily Republican district.
He replaced fellow Republican Dean Heller, who was appointed earlier in 2011 to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Brian Sandoval after then-Sen. John Ensign resigned amid an ethics investigation involving a sex scandal with a former staffer.
Amodei opposed the 2010 health care reform bill and said he would work to repeal it after the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2012 upheld the law as constitutional.
In February 2012, he co-sponsored the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act. The bill would convey 10,000 acres of federally owned land to the city of Yerington in northern Nevada's Lyon County for development.
Amodei believes that the nation's education system needs significant improvement and that a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics is necessary to regain global competitiveness.
In April 2012, Amodei voted to extend the 3.4 percent interest rate on federal Stafford loans for a year. They had been scheduled to double on July 1.
He is a supporter of the Defense of Marriage Act. Although he says Americans should be able to make lifestyle decisions free of government regulation, Amodei believes the legal institution of marriage should be defined as between one man and one woman.
Amodei pledged to support a balanced budget amendment in Congress and signed an anti-tax pledge.
Source: Associated Press