Diane B. Snelling

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Diane Snelling
Member of the Vermont Senate
from the Chittenden district
In office
January 2002 – March 2016
Preceded by Barbara Snelling
Succeeded by Helen Riehle
Personal details
Born (1952-03-18) March 18, 1952 (age 65)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Hinesburg, Vermont
Alma mater Harvard/Radcliffe College,
New York University
Occupation Artist

Diane B. Snelling (born March 18, 1952) is an American politician from Vermont who served as a Republican member of the Vermont Senate, representing Chittenden County.

Diane Snelling was first appointed to the Vermont State Senate in January 2002 by Governor Howard Dean to serve the remainder of her mother, Barbara Snelling's, term in office, after her mother retired from the Senate. She won election to her seat in 2002 and was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 2010, 2012, and 2014. She resigned in 2016 and to become head of the Vermont Natural Resources Board.[1]


Diane Snelling was born in Philadelphia on March 18, 1952. She received an A.B./V.E.S. (Visual and Environmental Studies) degree from Harvard/Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1974 and a M.A. in art from New York University in 1994.

Senator Snelling moved to the town of Hinesburg, Vermont in 1983 and continues to reside there. She works as an artist.

Snelling's father, Richard Snelling, served as Governor of Vermont from 1977 to 1985 and was elected again in 1990, serving until his death in 1991. After her father's death, Snelling's mother, Barbara Snelling, went on to serve as Vermont's Lieutenant Governor, and then as a State Senator. In 2002, after her mother resigned, Snelling was appointed to serve out the remainder of her mother's term by former Governor Howard Dean. She has served until 2016, and was the only Republican in the six-member Chittenden County State Senate delegation during her tenure.

Public life[edit]

Her public service includes:

In 2013 Snelling considered a candidacy for Senate President, but ultimately decided against running.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Governor Shumlin appoints Diane Snelling as Natural Resources Board Chair". Vermont Business Magazine. Off Grid Media Lab. March 29, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ Paul Heintz, Seven Days, As Legislature Convenes, Snelling Drops Pro Tem Bid; Campbell Reelected, January 9, 2013

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