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Rick Snyder
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Governor of Michigan
In office
January 1, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 4
PredecessorJennifer Granholm (D)
Base salary$159,300
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$12,626,334
Term limitsTwo terms
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan (1977)
Master'sUniversity of Michigan Business School (1979)
J.D.University of Michigan Law School (1982)
Date of birthAugust 19, 1958
Place of birthBattle Creek, Michigan
ProfessionExecutive, Venture Capitalist
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Rick Snyder (b. August 19, 1958, in Battle Creek, MI) is the 48th and current Republican Governor of Michigan. He has served in the post since January 1, 2011.[1]

Snyder won the Republican Party's nomination in the August 3 Republican primary against Mike Bouchard, Mike Cox, Tom George and Pete Hoekstra and went on to an easy victory over Democrat Virg Bernero in the midterm general election on November 2, 2010.[2][3] Snyder won re-election in November 2014.

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Snyder as the 28th most conservative governor in the country.[4]

Snyder was named one of nine Public Officials of the Year by Governing in November 2014. The magazine noted that Snyder was given the honor because he "brought risk-taking and performance management to the governor's office in Michigan."[5]


A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, Rick Snyder had earned three degrees by the age of 23, all from the University of Michigan system where he also briefly taught accounting.[6] He graduated with distinction in 1977 with his bachelor's of general studies, and then again in 1979, with an advanced degree in business administration. Snyder then entered University of Michigan's law school.

After completing his J.D. in 1982, Snyder joined Coopers & Lybrand. He remained there for nine years before accepting a position with Gateway as an executive vice president. He moved up to become the company's President & COO in 1996, leaving the company a year later.[7][8]


  • Bachelor's of General Studies with Distinction - University of Michigan (1977)
  • Master's of Business Administration - University of Michigan Business School (1979)
  • Juris Doctor - University of Michigan Law School (1982)

Political career

Governor of Michigan (2011-Present)

Snyder was first elected in 2010.[9][10][11][12][13]

Snyder was plagued by low job approval since early in his first term, when he passed legislation limiting collective bargaining rights for public employees and appointed an emergency manager to oversee Detroit's budget. Snyder also helped pass a pension tax that proved to be very unpopular with voters, especially seniors, and also came under fire for allegedly cutting $1 billion from school funding in his first year.

In December 2012, in the wake of his passage of a "right-to-work" law that provoked heavy rioting, particularly from unions, a Public Policy Poll showed the governor's chances of winning another term severely diminished compared to a similar poll released the previous month. His net approval tumbled a net -28 points, with respondents preferring each of the poll's four hypothetical Democratic challengers over Snyder for 2014.[14][15][16][17][18]

At a Republican leadership conference back in September 2011, Snyder told an interviewer that if he felt satisfied with the legacy he established during his first term, he would be inclined to pass the torch to "better, smarter people." He went on to say he's "happy to go fishing, go teach or do something else," indicating that a bid for different office was not on the 2014 agenda should he opt not to run for another term as governor.[19] Two years later, with his approval numbers on the rebound and one week to go before the April 22 filing deadline, Snyder formally launched his bid for re-election.[20][21] He won the Republican nomination without opposition in the primary on August 5. He faced Democrat Mark Schauer and three third party challengers in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Veto of concealed-carry weapon provision

On January 15, 2015, Snyder bucked Republican legislators and the National Rifle Association (NRA) by vetoing a state Senate provision that would have expanded eligibility for concealed weapon permits. Senate Bill 789, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Green (R), included a provision allowing applicants under personal protection orders to receive permits as long as they were eligible for permits and gun ownership was not restricted by existing orders.[22]

Snyder faced pressure from Democratic legislators including U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to veto the measure. This opposition centered on potential access to concealed weapons by perpetrators of domestic abuse. Supporters of the bill including the NRA argued that felony convictions for domestic violence would invalidate concealed weapon access. They also noted that personal protection orders are issued under less rigorous standards than other judgments. In vetoing Senate Bill 789, Snyder stated, "There are certainly some reforms that can improve the way Michigan issues concealed pistol licenses and we support the rights of law-abiding firearm owners, but it's crucial that we leave in place protections for people who already have endured challenges and abuse."[22]

Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

On February 6, 2013, Snyder spoke in support of a 25 percent expansion of Michigan's Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. "We're all here to support expanding Medicaid...We're moving forward with care for people who need it," he said to a coalition of groups advocating for Michigan's inclusion in the optional federal program.[23] In order for Michigan to participate in the expansion, Snyder had to induce the Republican-controlled State Legislature to overcome its skepticism about the federal health care law, under which states are promised three free years of expansion before the federal government will begin paring back its funding. According to Sen. Roger Kahn (R), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, when the federal support is reduced to 90 percent in 2017, the state will owe an estimated $150 million-$200 million per year thereafter, not adjusting for inflation. Snyder argued that adding 470,000 low income Michigan residents currently ineligible for Medicaid to the rolls does not have to drain the state's coffers. His 2014 fiscal budget proposal to the Legislature included putting $103 million in a "health savings account," where half of the state's savings from no longer having to pay for those mental health services be set aside for 2017. "This is all about providing better care at a lower cost," Snyder said.[23][24][25][26][27][28][29]

On September 3, 2013, the House gave final legislative approval to the plan to expand eligibility in the state, with Snyder signing it into law on September 16. In doing so, Michigan became just the third state controlled by a GOP-led legislature to pass expansion.[30][31]

“We’ve got a lot of hard work to go, now that this legislation comes in place, to get people signed up; to educate people about how we need to do this appropriately; about how we can do personal responsibility and wellness with people in need, and create this better system," Snyder said.[32]

Detroit bankruptcy

On July 18, 2013, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr decided to file for bankruptcy for the city, making it the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy protection. Snyder, who early in his term pressed for increasing the state's ability to intervene in cities and schools that are hurting, resoundingly approved of the move, saying, "We looked through every other viable option."[33]

Snyder previously stated on multiple occasions since his election that the city would not go into bankruptcy.[34] Just two days before the announcement was made, Snyder said, "The goal is not to be in bankruptcy."[35] In the end, however, Snyder summed up the issue, saying, "Here was a problem 60 years in the making. The can was being kicked down the road for far too long. It was time to say enough was enough. Let's stop, let's stabilize, let's grow."[36]

Snyder vetoed the possibility of a federal bailout of Detroit, stating, "The state nor the federal government should just simply write checks to take care of liabilities. I haven't asked and I don't intend to ask."[37][38]

The creation of the emergency manager law was a contentious one that led in part to two unsuccessful attempts to recall Snyder from office. The original legislation, signed into law by Snyder on March 17, 2011, was repealed by voters in a referendum on November 6, 2012.[39] Lawmakers quickly passed a revised version of the law, which Snyder signed in late December.[40][41] Snyder then appointed Orr as Detroit's emergency manager in March 2013.[42]

Following the bankruptcy declaration, emails between the Snyder administration, Kevyn Orr, and Orr's law firm, Jones Day, emerged, showing bankruptcy was considered as early as January 2013. In an exchange on January 31, Jones Day lawyer Dan Moss told Orr, "It seems that the ideal scenario would be that Snyder and (Mayor Dave) Bing both agree that the best option is simply to go through an orderly Chapter 9. This avoids an unnecessary political fight over the scope/authority of any appointed emergency manager and, moreover, moves the ball forward on setting Detroit on the right track.”[43] Critics argued that the emails show bankruptcy was the plan all along, while administration officials said the process was transparent and that all options were considered.[44]

Snyder and Orr traveled to New York to try to sell investors on Detroit, calling Michigan the comeback state. "Detroit was a place where the last obstacle was a city government issue of debt and services," Snyder said, going on to say, "We're not just trying to shed debt. We're actually trying to make the city infrastructure — blight remediation, health, safety and welfare — better to attract people in."[45][46]

A poll released by bipartisan consulting firm Lambert, Edwards & Associates on July 31, showed Snyder with a 44 percent favorable rating, an increase from before the bankruptcy. 43 percent of those polled said they would re-elect him.[47]

On September 10, 2013, Snyder's attorneys said the governor agreed to be questioned by union lawyers about the decision to file for bankruptcy, something that he and other state officials had been resisting, claiming executive privilege. Snyder's deposition was behind closed doors and limited to three hours.[48][49]

In late September, the Obama administration announced it was pledging nearly $300 million to Detroit for basic infrastructure priorities. $100 million of the money is for blight eradication, with about $30 million for the regional transit network and the rest going towards various projects including Police Department training and anti-violence programs.[50]

A federal court approved the end of Detroit's Chapter 9 bankruptcy status on November 7, 2014.[51] Judge Steven Rhodes indicated that the city's restructuring efforts were "fair and feasible," with 74 percent of unsecured debts set to leave the city's books. Orr tendered his resignation as emergency manager in early December 2014, following Snyder's decision to approve an end to state receivership.[52]

Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee

In October 2013, Snyder was appointed Vice Chair of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee in the National Governors Association by NGA Chair Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and NGA Vice Chair Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.[53]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Snyder was ranked number 9. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[54][55]

NERD fund

In 2011, Snyder set up a 501(c)(4) "civic action and social welfare" fund called The New Energy To Reinvent and Diversify (NERD) Fund. The names of donors and how much they give are not required to be disclosed.[56] As such, the fund has been the source of controversy as Snyder has repeatedly rejected calls for transparency. Contributions to Snyder's campaign committee and PAC, meanwhile, have limits and donors have to be reported.[57]

The NERD fund purports to "promote charitable causes including lessening the financial burdens of government in the state of Michigan." Spokesman for the governor Sara Wurfel confirmed the fund was used to pay the $100,000 salary of top adviser Rich Baird in 2012. IRS filings show the fund received $368,000 in contributions and grants in 2012, significantly less than the $1.3 million in 2011. The 2012 filings show the fund spent some $173,000 on travel expenses, $124,000 on management fees, $101,000 on office expenses, $49,000 on conferences and $30,000 on new fundraising.[58]

On October 9, 2013, Snyder was questioned under oath regarding Detroit's bankruptcy. During the deposition, Snyder said that he did not know who donated to the NERD fund. "Yeah, with respect to your questions as to who the donors were and that category of questioning, my answer would be I don't know. There's an independent board that does that work," he stated. The Governor also said that he did not know if the fund contributed to campaigns for or against Public Act 4, the emergency manager law that voters repealed in November 2012.[59][60]

The Center for Public Integrity identified CVS as donating $1,000 to the fund in March 2012. No other donors have been named.[61]

On October 21, 2013, Snyder spokesperson Sara Wurfel confirmed that the fund was being dissolved, saying it had "simply become an unnecessary distraction." Calls for transparency continued but Snyder said it would be inappropriate to reveal the donors as they gave on condition of anonymity.[62] Wurfel also confirmed there would be a new fund to solicit donations, but that it would include full disclosure of donors, amounts and expenditures.[63][64]

Tax reform

Snyder promised during his 2010 campaign to eliminate the “Michigan Business Tax,” which was costly and difficult to calculate. He was able to push through a bill in June 2011 replacing the tax with a flat 6 percent corporate income tax, estimating the state would recover the $1.8 billion in lost business tax revenues with $1.5 billion in higher personal income tax revenues. Current Michigan law requires the state income tax to drop to 3.9 percent by 2015. Governor Snyder's measure kept the income tax rate at a rate of 4.35 percent until January 1, 2013, when it dropped to 4.25 percent. During 2011, Michigan also became the first state in more than 50 years to cut state-level unemployment benefits.[65]

Snyder was also able to secure a controversial measure to extend the state's income tax to pensions, a move the governor said would bring $343 million in new revenue during the coming fiscal year. Public employees, who stood to lose about $90 million of the $343 million total, reacted with outrage. The Michigan State Employees Association promised to file a lawsuit to block the pension tax provision, arguing that taxing state employee pensions violated the constitutional prohibition against "impairing or diminishing a vested public pension." Snyder beat employees to the punch, asking the state supreme court to issue an advisory opinion on the issue by October 1.[66]

Overseas efforts

In June 2013, Synder met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as other Israeli officials and business leaders, in an effort to build business ties between Michigan and Israel.[67][68][69][70]

In September 2013, Snyder went on an 11-day economic-development trip to Asia, his third trip to the region as governor. He marketed the state's export offerings, promoted Michigan as a tourist destination and made a case for investment.[71] Accompanying Snyder on the trip were Michael Finney, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp, George Zimmermann, director of Travel Michigan, and Jamie Clover Adams, director of the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.[72] Executives from 15 Michigan companies also made the trip to China.[73][74]

Recall effort

See also: Rick Snyder recall, Michigan (2012)

Recall language was approved against Snyder on April 9, 2012. It focused on his spending cuts that affected education, support for the emergency manager law, as well as a number of other issues.[75][76][77][78][79]

The group behind the effort, Michigan Rising, announced on June 7, 2012 that they were ending the campaign after the failed recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) made it clear how difficult their goal would be.[80][81]

In order to force a recall, organizers would have had to collect 806,522 valid signatures, which accounted for 25 percent of the votes cast in the 2010 gubernatorial election, within a 90-day period.[82][83][84]

See also: Rick Snyder recall, Michigan (2011)

Following his support for giving expanding powers to officials designated as emergency managers for financially insolvent municipalities and limiting the collective bargaining rights for public employees, Snyder became the target of a recall spearheaded by a consortium of center-left activism groups.[85]

They began raising money and holding public events in late spring of 2011 and soon began collecting the nearly 1 million signatures they would need by July 1, 2011.

Early on, the chance that Snyder would be recalled were slim - something even those working to oust the governor conceded.

Organizers fell far short of their goal of 807,000 signatures by August 5 in order to get the measure on the November 8 ballot. Committee to Recall Rick Snyder communication director Tom Bryant said they would aim for a September 29 deadline to put it on a February 2012 ballot.[86]

On September 30, 2011, the group announced that it would fall short of its attempt to get on the February 2012 ballot.[87]


September 2013 NYC event

Six of the Republican Party’s leaders and potential 2016 nominees will jointly headline a fundraiser for the Republican National Committee (RNC) in New York in September 2013.

According to an invitation that went out August 26, 2013, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Jets owner Woody Johnson will host the event September 23, 2013.[88] It will be held at Johnson’s home.[88]

It is a dinner and reception with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, as well as Gov. Snyder and Rep. Paul Ryan, who are listed as the “special guests.”[88]

It represents a major force of star power at a single event on behalf of the party and it features some of the party’s brightest future talent, many of whom represent different wings of the GOP.[88]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Rick Snyder endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [89][90][91][92][93][94]

Snyder said of Romney, “He has a great combination of private sector experience, of knowing what it takes to create a job, and how difficult that is, how to succeed in the private sector. He also brings that experience of being the chief executive of a state, of understanding what it is to be in the public sector, and to be successful in running a state. That’s the experience we need in Washington.”[95][96][97][98][99]

On The Issues Vote Match

Rick Snyder's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Snyder is a Moderate Conservative. Snyder received a score of 38 percent on social issues and 68 percent on economic issues.[100]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[101]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015.[100] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2014

Snyder ran for re-election in 2014. He entered the race on April 17, 2014, less than a week before the candidate filing deadline. Snyder was unopposed in the Republican primary election on August 5, 2014.[1] He faced Mark Schauer ((D), Mary Buzuma (L), Mark McFarlin (I) and Paul Homeniuk (G) in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Snyder/Brian Calley Incumbent 50.9% 1,607,399
     Democratic Mark Schauer/Lisa Brown 46.9% 1,479,057
     Libertarian Mary Buzuma/Scott Boman 1.1% 35,723
     U.S. Taxpayers Mark McFarlin/Richard Mendoza 0.6% 19,368
     Green Paul Homeniuk/Candace R. Caveny 0.5% 14,934
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 50
Total Votes 3,156,531
Election Results via Michigan Department of State.

Campaign themes

Minimum wage

In November 2013, Democratic candidate Mark Schauer said if elected he would raise the minimum wage from $7.40 an hour to $9.25 an hour over a three year period. Snyder's office said the minimum wage had not been a major issue as the state is already above the federal rate of $7.25 an hour.[102]

Campaign media

Rick Snyder ad: Numbers

Rick Snyder ad: Generations

Rick Snyder ad: Linda


Snyder received the endorsement of the Michigan Farm Bureau's AgriPAC ahead of the general election.[103]

Race background

First-term Republican Gov. Rick Snyder won re-election in 2014.[104] In December 2012, in the wake of the passage of a "right-to-work" law that provoked protests, particularly from unions, a Public Policy Poll showed dwindling chances for the governor to win another term compared to a similar poll released the previous month. His approval tumbled a net -28 points, with respondents preferring each of the poll's four hypothetical Democratic challengers over Snyder for 2014.[105][106]

At a Republican leadership conference back in September 2011, Snyder told an interviewer that if he felt satisfied with the legacy he established during his first term, he would be inclined to pass the torch to "better, smarter people," indicating that a 2014 re-election bid was not guaranteed to happen. He went on to say that, should he decline to run for a second term, he would be "happy to go fishing, go teach or do something else," rather than seek a new political office.[107]

In late September 2013, Snyder began airing commercials talking about his successes in office. While the governor suggested they were not campaign commercials, they were widely seen as a way to boost Snyder before the 2014 campaign got underway.[108][109] Around that time, Snyder was publicly targeted for defeat in 2014 by the AFL-CIO.

The general election race took shape following August party conventions that saw Snyder and Democratic candidate Mark Schauer win their party nominations. Early polling for the general election revealed a close race, with a Mitchell Research survey showing a five-point lead for Snyder when all candidates were available to respondents. Head-to-head polling grew closer after August 2014, with Schauer and Snyder narrowly winning polls from EPIC-MRA and Detroit News-WDIV, respectively. A We Ask America poll in late September showed a tie race between Schauer and Snyder, with 10 percent of voters undecided.[110]


Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Rick Snyder ahead of the general election. Bloomberg coupled the endorsement with $2.3 million in TV ad purchases on behalf of Snyder, citing the governor's independent-mindedness as a reason for the support. The former mayor also endorsed Democratic candidate Gary Peters in the U.S. Senate race.[111]

Convention challenge for Calley

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley faced a challenge from Wes Nakagiri in the August 23 state Republican convention, and received enough precinct delegates to hold off the challenge. Gov. Rick Snyder announced his desire to see Calley join him on the ticket, but party rules dictated that the convention's delegates select nominees rather than the general public. Eleven employees from the governor's and lieutenant governor's offices sought delegate seats in the primary. There was also an influx of money from the Michigan Advocacy Trust, which distributed mailers supporting pro-Calley candidates in Clinton County[112] Calley defeated Nakagiri during the convention, with reports noting that the lieutenant governor received at least 60 percent of delegate votes.[113]


October 13 debate

Rick Snyder (R) and Mark Schauer (D) clashed over Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings, education spending and same-sex marriage during a debate at Wayne State University. Snyder argued on behalf of the state emergency manager's decision to take Detroit into bankruptcy, noting that the city was only months away from shedding $9 billion in debts. Schauer countered that pensioners in the city should not have been asked to cut their plans, citing legal and constitutional protections for public pension plans.[114]

Schauer criticized the governor's tax reform plan implemented in 2011, which he claimed cut $1 billion in education funds, raised taxes on the middle class by $1.4 billion and cut taxes for high-income earners by $1.8 billion. Snyder defended his tax plans by noting that education spending was up $1 billion during his term in office and tax reform brought fairer rates to small business owners.[114]

Snyder, who opposed same-sex marriage during his 2010 campaign, stated that he would abide by a federal appeals court ruling regarding Michigan's ban on the practice. Schauer criticized Snyder for evading a question about his stance on same-sex marriage and supporting a law that banned benefits for the partners of state employees.[114]


All candidates

Governor of Michigan - All candidates
Poll Rick Snyder* (R) Mark Schauer (D)Mary Buzuma (L)Mark McFarlin (UST)Paul Homeniuk (G)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(September 4-7, 2014)
Mitchell Research
(September 14, 2014)
We Ask America
(September 18-19, 2014)
Mitchell Research
(September 29, 2014)
The Detroit News/WDIV
(October 2-4, 2014)
Fox 2 Detroit/Mitchell Research
(October 9, 2014)
Mitchell Research
(October 19, 2014)
Mitchell Research
(October 27, 2014)
Public Policy Polling
(November 1-2, 2014)
AVERAGES 45.77% 42.76% 2.19% 1.1% 1.07% 7.07% +/-2.86 974.89
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Major party candidates

Governor of Michigan - Major party candidates- October 2014
Poll Rick Snyder* (R) Mark Schauer (D)Third Party/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
MRG Poll
(September 30-October 1, 2014)
Public Policy Polling
(October 2-3, 2014)
(October 17-19, 2014)
Public Policy Polling
(October 20-21, 2014)
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
(October 16-23, 2014)
(October 26-28, 2014)
AVERAGES 46.12% 43.58% 10.48% +/-3.6 928.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Michigan - Major party candidates through September 2014
Poll Rick Snyder* (R) Mark Schauer (D)Third Party/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(May 2013)
(September 2013)
Public Policy Poll
(December 5-8, 2013)
Conservative Intel Poll
(January 7-8, 2014)
(February 5-11, 2014)
Lambert, Edwards & Associates (dead link)
(March 14, 2014)
Mitchell Research & Communications
(April 9, 2014)
Mitchell Research and Communications
(June 6, 2014)
(August 22-25, 2014)
Detroit News-WDIV
(September 3-5, 2014)
Rasmussen Reports
(September 17-18, 2014)
Target Insyght
(September 22-24, 2014)
(September 25-29, 2014)
Lake Research Partners
(September 26-30, 2014)
AVERAGES 44.33% 39.7% 15.96% +/-3.75 757.79
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
  • An asterisk denotes incumbent status.


See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2010

Snyder first won election in 2010.[115] He won by more than 18 points with 44.34 percent of eligible voters turning out. [116]

Governor of Michigan, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Snyder 58.1% 1,874,834
     Democratic Virg Bernero 39.9% 1,287,320
     Green Harley Mikkelson 0.6% 20,699
     U.S. Taxpayers Stacey Mathia 0.6% 20,818
     Libertarian Ken Proctor 0.7% 22,390
     Write-in Write-in candidates 0% 27
Total Votes 3,226,088

The primary was held August 3, 2010. Snyder's win was a slight upset in the GOP field. However, he had polled strongly against Democrat Virg Bernero since before the primary and led by double digits in the first post-primary surveys taken.

Governor of Michigan, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Snyder 36.4% 381,588
Pete Hoekstra 26.9% 281,695
Mike Cox 23% 240,677
Mike Bouchard 12.2% 127,422
Tom George 1.6% 17,002
Total Votes 1,048,384

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Snyder is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Snyder raised a total of $12,626,334 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 12, 2013.[117]

Rick Snyder's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Michigan* Not up for election $123,854
2010 Governor of Michigan* Won $12,502,480
Grand Total Raised $12,626,334
*These funds represent a joint-ticket race with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Rick Snyder's donors each year.[118] Click [show] for more information.


Snyder and his wife, Sue, married since 1987, reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with their three children.[6]

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