Amodei, 56 and a lawyer by profession, said during an exclusive interview Friday at the Nevada Legislature that he is committed to run for re-election to the House of Representatives in 2016. But he hinted at a run for governor or attorney general after that.
“It’s obviously something to look at,” Amodei said about running for governor or attorney general. “And I’ve said to you before, listen, I’m not doing this for the rest of my life, this D.C. stuff. I’m coming back (to Carson City) at some point in time.
He first mentioned his consideration for governor or attorney general when asked if he would want to run for Nevada’s open U.S. senate seat, which will be vacated in 2016 with the retirement of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
“I’m not saying, hey that’s something we are angling towards, “Amodei said about being governor or attorney general. “But if I ever decided that I wanted to go run the whole lap around the state in a political race, it would not be for an office in Washington D.C. It would be for the office of governor or attorney general.
“I mention it in the context of that I really wanted to make sure that the message that is sent and delivered is I’m not running for the Senate,” Amodei said. “And if I was going to run statewide, it would be for something in Carson City. I’m really, really not running for the Senate.
Gov. Sandoval will be term limited in 2018 although Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., called Sandoval the GOP’s A-plus candidate to run for U.S. Senate in 2016.
“We are committed to run (for Congress) in 2016, but I would prefer to be back home in Nevada,” Amodei said.
Amodei was raised in Carson City and graduated from Carson High school in the mid 1970s where he played for the Senators’ state championship basketball team.
He served as Carson City’s Assemblyman before becoming the state senator for the capital district. He was elected to Congress in a special election in 2011, defeating Democrat Kate Marshall.
“Having lived and served and having been around state government all my life, I think I’ve got it, if that is something that opened up later on,” Amodei said.
“I think I could be competitive,” Amodei said about running for state office. “And, if given the shot, I could hopefully bring some experience and perspective and that would be a positive thing.”
“In this business, those decisions are a long way away,” Amodei said. “And I have always been a believer in doing the best job you can with what you are doing now, so that if something comes up, those doors are open instead of closed.”