Herb Snyder

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Herb Snyder
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West Virginia State Senate District 16
In office
1997-2005, 2008-Present
Term ends
December 1, 2016
Years in position (current service)6
Years in position (previous service)8
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sShepherd College, 1977
BirthdaySeptember 7, 1953
Place of birthWinchester, VA
Office website
Herb Snyder (b. September 7, 1953) is a Democratic member of the West Virginia State Senate, representing District 16. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.


Snyder earned his BS in Chemistry/Business from Shepherd College in 1977.

Snyder is the owner and director of Hydrochem Laboratories. Snyder's political career began with his service on the Jefferson County Commission from 1991 to 1996. He then served in the West Virginia State Senate from 1996 to 2004. He ran again in 2004 but was defeated.[1]

Committee assignments


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

West Virginia Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Organization, Chair
Natural Resources
Energy, Industry and Mining
Economic Development
Government Operations
Joint Government Organization
Rule-Making Review
Joint Judiciary
Water Resources


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


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



See also: West Virginia State Senate elections, 2012

Snyder ran in the 2012 election for West Virginia State Senate, District 16. Snyder ran unopposed in the May 8 primary election and defeated James Kenneth Ruland (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

West Virginia State Senate, District 16, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHerb Snyder Incumbent 53.9% 20,764
     Republican James Ruland 46.1% 17,763
Total Votes 38,527


On November 4, 2008, Herb Snyder won the open seat to the West Virginia State Senate, District 16. [5] Snyder raised $55,744 for his campaign, while Bob Adams raised $41,425.[6]

West Virginia State Senate, District 16 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Herb Snyder (D) 26,793 50.21%
Bob Adams (R) 26,569 49.79%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Snyder raised $55,744 for the 2008 election.

His major contributors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
Cynthia Snyder $2,000
Jeremy Jacobs $1,500
Herbert Tyner $1,500
Sherri Pennington $1,000


Herb and his wife Stephanie have six children.

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