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Diane Snelling
Vermont Senate Chittenden District
In office
2002 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 13
Base salary$604.79/week
Per diem$162/day (non-commuter)
$61/day (commuter)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Master'sNew York University
Date of birthMarch 18, 1952
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
Office website
Diane Snelling (b. March 18, 1952) is a Republican member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Chittenden District. She was first appointed to the chamber in 2002.


Snelling earned her AB from Harvard/Radcliffe College in 1974. She went on to receive her MA in Art from New York University in 1994.

Snelling worked as a designer/creative manager/art director for Animorms, Incorporated, from 1976 to 1982. She went on to work as a consultant for Muse Creative Management from 1983 to 1992. Snelling has worked as a self-employed artist since 1974.

Snelling's political experience began with her service as a Selectman for Hinesburg from 1985 to 1991.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Snelling served on the following committees:

Vermont Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources and Energy
Government Accountability, Vice-chair
Corrections Oversight
Administrative Rules
Legislative Council


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Snelling served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Snelling served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Snelling supports "open and collaborative discussions" in policy making, "results based budgeting," "comprehensive land use planning and a clear, effective, and predictable process of regulation," a lower tax burden with progressive taxation, "high quality teaching and diverse opportunities for all students," and a long-term energy plan for the state.[1]



See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2012

Snelling won re-election in the 2012 election for Vermont State Senate Chittenden District. Snelling was unopposed in the August 28 Republican primary and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]


See also: Vermont State Senate elections, 2010

Snelling ran for re-election to the 12th District Seat (Chittenden District) in 2010. She ran against Mike Branon (R), Shelley Palmer (R), Dennis Bedard (R), and Annette Roque Renaud (R) in the primary. She defeated Annette Roque Renaud (R), Dennis Bedard (R), Shelley Palmer (R), Mike Branon (R), Richard Jeroloman (I), Steve Laible (I), Mikey Van Gulden (I), Andy Montroll (D), and Larkin Forney (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010. [3]

Vermont State Senate, Chittenden District, General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Virginia Lyons (D) 28,605
Green check mark transparent.png Sally Fox (D) 27,448
Green check mark transparent.png Diane Snelling (R) 26,358
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Ashe (D) 25,656
Green check mark transparent.png Hinda Miller (D) 25,391
Green check mark transparent.png Philip Baruth (D) 25,179
Andy Montroll (D) 23,464
Charlie Smith (R) 19,498
Mike Brannon (R) 17,532
Dennis Bedard (R) 16,266
Shelley Palmer (R) 14,369
Mikey Van Gulden (I) 3,569
Steve Laible (I) 2,551
Richard "Terry" Jeroloman (I) 1,934
Larkin Forney (Justice for Vermonters) 1,685


On November 4, 2008, Snelling won re-election by finishing fourth for the six-seat Chittenden District of the Vermont State Senate, receiving 32,394 votes behind Democrats Douglas Racine (44,856), Edward Flanagan (38,998), and Virginia Lyons (35,869) and ahead of Democrat Hinda Miller (31,457), Democrat/Progressive Timothy Ashe (28,103), Democrat Denise Barnard (27,687), Republicans Dennis Bedard (16,760), Darren Adams (15,894), Paula Spadaccini (15,110), Robyn Myers-Moore (15,029), and Agnes Clift (14,192), independent Tom Licata (11,411), Justice for Vermonters candidate Larkin Forney (3,141), and write-ins (524).[4]

Snelling raised $13,630 for her campaign, against $7,918 by Lyons, $2,300 by Miller, $17,119 by Ashe, $16,940 by Barnard, and $11,208 by Licata.[5]

Vermont State Senate, Chittenden District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Douglas Racine (D) 44,856
Green check mark transparent.png Edward Flanagan (D) 38,998
Green check mark transparent.png Virginia Lyons (D) 35,869
Green check mark transparent.png Diane Snelling (R) 32,394
Green check mark transparent.png Hinda Miller (D) 31,457
Green check mark transparent.png Timothy Ashe (D/P) 28,103
Denise Barnard (D) 27,687
Dennis Bedard (R) 16,760
Darren Adams (R) 15,894
Paula Spadaccini (R) 15,110
Robyn Myers-Moore (R) 15,029
Agnes Clift (R) 14,192
Tom Licata (I) 11,411
Larkin Forney (Justice for Vermonters) 3,141
Write-ins 524

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Snelling received $10,400 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


Snelling raised $13,360 for the 2008 election.

Her major contributors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
Barbara Snelling $1,000
Contributions Over $100 $900
Friends of Chittenden County Republicans $800
Ernest Pomerlaeau $700
Lois McClure $500
Robert Gannett $500
Federal Express $500
Nordhahl and Suzanne Brue $500
Green Mountain Republican Senate Committee $500
John Duffy $500
Skip Farrell $500
Electronic Data Systems $500
Pick Rick Hube for House $500
Nordhahl and Suzanne Brue $500

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