|Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
from the 27th district
December 1, 2010
July 31, 1961 |
Beckley, West Virginia
|Spouse(s)||Lori Basham Snuffer|
|Residence||Beaver, West Virginia|
|Alma mater||Beckley College|
Richard Ray Snuffer (born July 31, 1961, in Beckley, West Virginia) serves in the West Virginia House of Delegates since 2010.
Early life, education, and business career
Snuffer was born in 1961 in Beckley, West Virginia. He graduated the World of Faith Leadership and Bible Institute in 1985. He also attended Bluefield State University and is currently obtaining his master's degree from Marshall University.
West Virginia legislature
He ran for West Virginia's 27th House District. He was one of five candidates who won that seat, obtaining 13% of the vote in second place. The others were incumbent State Delegate Linda Sumner (14%), State Delegate Ricky Moye (12%), John David O'Neal (12%), and Virginia Mahan (9%).
- Energy, Industry and Labor/Economic Development and Small Business
- Government Organization
- Roads and Transportation
- Senior Citizen Issues
Campaigns for higher office
2004 congressional election
In 2003, he decided to challenge incumbent Democrat U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall of West Virginia's 3rd congressional district. In the Republican primary, he defeated Marty Gearheart 58%-42%. In the general election, Rahall defeated Snuffer 65%-35%, a thirty-point margin. Rahall, first elected in 1976, fared worse in only five other elections. Snuffer won just one county, Raleigh, his home county by two points.
2006 U.S. Senate election
Snuffer then decided to challenge incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. He lost the Republican primary, ranking third out of six candidates with just 6% of the vote. He won just one county, Raleigh, with 48%. Businessman John Raese won with 58% of the vote.
2012 congressional election
Snuffer decided to challenge Rahall again in 2012. He won the Republican primary with 54% of the vote.