Barbara W. Snelling

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Barbara W. Snelling
76th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
In office
Governor Howard Dean
Preceded by Howard Dean
Succeeded by Doug Racine
Personal details
Born (1928-03-22) March 22, 1928 (age 87)
Fall River, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Gov. Richard A. Snelling (deceased)
Children Sen. Diane B. Snelling, Jacqueline Snelling, Mark Snelling, Andrew Snelling

Barbara Weil Snelling (born March 22, 1928)[1] was elected the 76th Lieutenant Governor of Vermont in 1992 and served two terms (1993-1997), suffering a cerebral hemorrhage in 1996 while campaigning for governor. She was elected to the Vermont State Senate in 1998, where she served until she retired in 2002.

She served as chair of the Shelburne School Board; as Founding Chair of Champlain Valley Union High School Board. She was member of the State Board of Education; President of the Vermont State School Boards Association; Vermont Commission on Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation; Chair of the Chittenden County United Way. She was a founding trustee of the Vermont Community Foundation; a trustee of Champlain College and Radcliffe College. She was a trustee of the Shelburne Museum.[2]

She was Vice President of the University of Vermont and later was President of Snelling and Kolb, a national fundraising consulting firm focused of development work for educational institutions.

She is the widow of Richard Snelling, a long-serving governor of Vermont, and mother of Diane B. Snelling, who currently holds her former seat in the State Senate.


Political offices
Preceded by
Howard Dean
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
1993 – 1997
Succeeded by
Doug Racine
Honorary titles
Preceded by
First Gentleman Arthur Kunin
First Lady of Vermont
Succeeded by
Judith Steinberg Dean
Preceded by
Madge Salmon
First Lady of Vermont
Succeeded by
First Gentleman Arthur Kunin