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Amodei Brings Sizable State-Level Experience

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Mark Amodei won Tuesday’s special election in the 2nd district with 58 percent — a blowout victory against Democratic state Treasurer Kate Marshall, who garnered just 36 percent.

His legal experience — he also served as a special U.S. attorney and a partner in a firm in Nevada — would make the Judiciary Committee a logical fit for Amodei, and the panel currently has a vacancy.

The Natural Resources Committee would also be suitable for the incoming Congressman. He briefly served as president of the Nevada Mining Association, a post that stirred criticism as a potential conflict of interest because of his seat in the state Senate.

Amodei was first elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1996, was elected to the state Senate in 1998 and left the state Legislature in 2010 because of term limits.

He briefly entered the 2010 GOP primary to challenge Reid, but he soon dropped out. Most recently, Amodei was the chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, resigning in May to run for the Congressional seat.

The Nevada race was one of two House special elections held Tuesday and caught national attention early for the potential of a “battle royal” format that would have allowed an all-party, free-for-all in the election.

But a Carson City district judge in May overturned an earlier ruling and allowed political parties to choose their nominees.

Nearly 90 percent of the 2nd district’s land is federally owned. Amodei wants to look at a new federal water policy, requiring a “fair allocation” of water from the Colorado River.

On fiscal and tax issues, Amodei should be a reliable GOP vote. He supports a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, wants to abolish the estate tax, and would like to make permanent the tax cuts enacted under the George W. Bush administration.

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