|48th Governor of Michigan|
January 1, 2011
|Preceded by||Jennifer Granholm|
|Born||Richard Dale Snyder
August 19, 1958
Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.
|Residence||Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S. (private)
Michigan Governor's Mansion in Lansing, Michigan, U.S. (public)
|Alma mater||University of Michigan (B.G.S./M.B.A./J.D.)|
Richard Dale "Rick" Snyder (born August 19, 1958) is an American politician, business executive, venture capitalist, and accountant. He is the 48th Governor of Michigan. A member of the Republican Party, he assumed office as the 48th governor of Michigan on January 1, 2011. From 2005 to 2007, Snyder served as the chairman of the board of Gateway, Inc., based in Irvine, California. Prior to his election as governor, he was chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Ardesta LLC, a venture capital firm based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Snyder was mentioned as among the possible picks to be the Republican Party candidate for Vice President of the United States in 2012. On February 3, 2014, he announced his candidacy for re-election as Governor of Michigan in 2014.
Early life, education, and family
Snyder was born as the son of Helen Louella "Pody" and Dale F. Snyder. He was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. His father owned a small, local window-cleaning company in Battle Creek. Rick has a sister that is 20 years older than he is. When he was 16, he took a business class at Kellogg Community College on weekends. By his senior year of at Lakeview High School in Calhoun County, Snyder had already earned 23 college credits. Snyder visited the admissions office of the University of Michigan in November 1975 and spoke with the admissions director, who recommended that Snyder attend Michigan and create his own degree. Snyder earned his B.G.S. (1977), M.B.A. (1979), and J.D. (1982) from the University of Michigan by age 23. Snyder is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
He resides in Ann Arbor with his wife Sue and their three children and has a vacation home near Gun Lake. The couple were married in 1987 at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church in Dearborn. Snyder has acknowledged his faith as a Presbyterian.
Snyder was employed with Coopers & Lybrand, from 1982 to 1991, beginning in the tax department of the Detroit office. Snyder was named partner in 1988. The next year, Snyder was named partner-in-charge of the mergers and acquisitions practice in the Chicago office.
Snyder joined the computer company Gateway, based in Irvine, California, in 1991 as the executive vice president. He also served as president and chief operating officer from 1996 to 1997. He remained on the board of directors until 2007. From 2005 to 2007, Snyder served as the chairman of the board. During 2006, Snyder served as interim chief executive officer while a search for a permanent replacement was made. His tenure on the Gateway board ran from 1991 to 2007 until Gateway was sold to Acer Inc. Snyder has stated he did not vote for outsourcing while he was a Gateway board director and he worked to bring jobs to America as the interim CEO of Gateway.
In 1997, Snyder returned to Ann Arbor to found Avalon Investments Inc., a venture capital company with a $100 million fund, along with the co-founder of Gateway, Ted Waitt. Snyder was president and chief executive officer of Avalon from 1997 to 2000. He then co-founded Ardesta LLC, an investment firm, in 2000 along with three co-founders, which invested in 20 start-up companies through 2011. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company.
Snyder also serves on the boards of the U.S. National Historic Landmark Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, the Michigan chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and several boards associated with the University of Michigan. He was also first chair of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in 1999 under Republican Governor John Engler. He was also the Chair of Ann Arbor SPARK. In addition, he serves as an adjunct assistant professor of accounting at the University of Michigan.
Snyder decided to run for Governor of Michigan. He joined Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, state Senator Tom George, U.S. Congressman Peter Hoekstra, and Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox as candidates for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Bill Ford Jr., Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, endorsed Snyder for the Republican nomination for governor. In his first gubernatorial election in 2010, Snyder campaigned as "pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, [and] pro-family," with a focus on the economy. Snyder's campaign emphasized his experience in growing business and creating jobs in the private sector, saying that his opponents were mainly career politicians. Snyder favors the standard exceptions on abortion for rape, incest, and saving the life of the mother (he signed legislation banning partial birth abortion in October 2011); he opposes federal funding of abortions; he would not ban embryonic stem cell research; he supports upholding traditional marriage, but would allow civil unions.
On August 3, 2010, Snyder won the primary to secure the Republican nomination with a plurality of 36% of the vote. In the general election on November 2, 2010, Snyder faced Democratic gubernatorial nominee Virg Bernero, the mayor of Lansing, and three minor party candidates. In October 2010, Snyder's campaign total exceeded $11.6 million, outpacing his opponent. Snyder released his tax returns for 2007 and 2008. Snyder, demonstrating crossover appeal, won with 58 percent of the vote. With Snyder's election in 2010, Republicans gained a majority in the Michigan House and increased the Republican majority held in the Michigan Senate. Snyder is the first Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to be elected governor of the state and the only CPA serving as a governor in the United States.
Governor of Michigan
Snyder was inaugurated as Governor on January 1, 2011 at the Capitol in Lansing. His first executive order as governor was to divide the Department of Natural Resources and Environment into two distinct departments as they were a few years ago: the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality.
On January 7, 2011, Snyder announced he was appointing Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura D. Corrigan to head the Department of Human Services. and appointed Michigan Appeals Court Judge Brian K. Zahra to fill the resulting Supreme Court vacancy.
He delivered his first State of the State address on January 19, the earliest Michigan State of the State since Governor Engler's 1996 address on January 17. Snyder endorsed the Detroit River International Crossing for the first time publicly in the address, which was received favorably by Republicans. Snyder appointed Andy Dillon, a pro-life Democrat, and formerly Speaker of the House, to serve as State Treasurer in his administration.
Snyder presented his first budget to the legislature on February 17, 2011, calling it a plan for "Michigan's reinvention," and saying it would end Michigan's deficits. He described the budget as containing "shared sacrifice" but added that his budget plan would create jobs and spur economic growth. The $46 billion budget reduced $1.8 billion in spending, eliminated tax exemptions on higher income pensions to broaden the tax base, while at the same time abolished the state's complex business tax, replacing it with a significantly reduced flat tax on the profits of C corporations. This shift in tax burden led State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer to criticize the budget, saying that it did not involve "shared sacrifice," but instead was balanced "on the backs of our kids, working families, and our seniors" and "picks out who he’s willing to leave behind." Snyder supported the government backed rescue of the American auto industry. This reflected the view of a 56% of Americans in 2012 who supported the 2009 auto bailout according a Pew Research Center poll (63% support in Michigan).
On March 16, 2011, Snyder signed a controversial bill into law that gave increased powers to emergency managers of local municipalities to resolve financial matters. The bill was repealed by voter initiative in November 2012. However, weeks later in December 2012 Snyder signed a revised version of the bill back into law.
On December 22, 2011, Snyder signed into law The Public Employee Domestic Partner Benefit Restriction Act, which prevents the same-sex domestic partners of public employees at both the state and local level from receiving health benefits. In January 2012, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against Snyder and the state of Michigan in federal court on behalf of five Michigan same-sex couples, each with one spouse working for local public schools or municipalities in Michigan. The suit alleges that the law violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. On June 28, 2013, a federal judge struck down the law.
In April 2012, Snyder made a surprise trip to Afghanistan to thank and pledge support for U.S. troops. He traveled to Kuwait and then to Germany where he visited injured U.S. soldiers at the U.S. Military hospital. Snyder has also engaged in trade missions to Europe, Asia, and around the world in order to improve international business relations as well as research and development opportunities associated with Michigan universities. Snyder has focused efforts to attract companies such as Chrysler.
Following approval from the legislature, Snyder signed the fiscal year 2012 budget in June, the earliest it has been completed in three decades. In May 2012, Snyder joined a bipartisan effort urging the U.S. Congress to pass a measure to affirm that States can collect sales taxes on online purchases.
As Governor, Snyder abolished the state's complex business tax in favor of a flat tax, and signed a bill which eliminated tax exemptions for higher income pensions. Snyder signed "landmark" legislation in December 2012 making Michigan the 24th "Right to Work" state in the U.S. as part of a plan to attract business and jobs to the state. The Employee Free Choice Act, as it was named, has received mixed results in polls. The law effectively provides that payment of union dues cannot be required as a condition of employment.
A Market Research Group poll conducted in March 2012 showed Snyder's approval rating rising to 50% among likely voters, which matched that of President Barack Obama, placing Snyder among the most popular Republican governors in a state carried by Obama in the 2008 election cycle. Snyder was briefly mentioned as a possible pick to be the Republican Party candidate for Vice President of the United States in 2012. Snyder's business executive background and 'positive' style have been cited as political assets, with his deeds seen as strengthening the case for electing a business executive candidate as President of the United States. He has also been mentioned as a potential Republican Party candidate for President of the United States in 2016.
In December 2012, Snyder signed legislation requiring facilities where at least 120 abortions are performed annually to obtain a state license as freestanding surgical facilities. Planned Parenthood had urged Snyder to veto the bill claiming it unnecessarily increases costs.
In January 2013, Snyder traveled to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He was last in Israel in 1999 as a venture capitalist. “I had a chance to see the start of high-tech boom in Israel and that’s great to see. This is really a startup nation. They’ve done a great job of being entrepreneurial, innovative, and that’s a major part of their economy now and the good part is we can learn from that.”
On December 27, 2013, Snyder signed a bill into law which nullifies Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, which contains a controversial provision that allows the government and the military to indefinitely detain American citizens and others without trial.
On January 23, 2014, Snyder announced plans to offer visas to 50,000 immigrant workers with advanced degrees to help jumpstart the Detroit economy. The program's advocates claim the program is expected to bring an influx of new jobs and a more stable tax base.
|Maura D. Corrigan||Group executive for people (Department of Human Services, Department of Community Health, Department of Education, Department of Civil Rights)
Director of the Department of Human Services
|Andy Dillon||State Treasurer
Group Executive for Treasury (Department of Treasury, Lottery and Michigan Gaming Control Board)
|Michael Finney||Director of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Group Executive for Economic Development (MEDC, Department of Transportation, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs)
|David Behen||Director of the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget
Value for Money group executive (State Budget Office, Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, Office of the State Employer)
|Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais||Group executive for public safety (Michigan State Police, Department of Corrections, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Michigan National Guard)
Director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Director of the Michigan National Guard
|Dan Wyant||Director of the Department of Environmental Quality
Quality of Life group executive (Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development)
|Jamie Clover Adams||Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development|
|James Haveman||Director of the Department of Community Health|
|Kriste Etue||Director of the Michigan State Police|
|Mike Flanagan||Director of the Superintendent of Public Instruction|
|Daniel Heyns||Director of the Department of Corrections|
|Steve Arwood||Director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs|
|Daniel Krichbaum||Director of the Department of Civil Rights|
|Kirk Steudle||Director of the Department of Transportation|
|Keith Creagh||Director of the Department of Natural Resources|
|Michigan Gubernatorial election, 2010|
|Republican gain from Democratic||Swing|
|Republican Primary - 2010 Michigan Gubernatorial Election|
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