Pete Snyder

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Pete Snyder
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Current candidacy
Running for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Date of primaryMay 18, 2013
General electionNovember 5, 2013
Current office
Candidate for
Bachelor'sCollege of William & Mary (1994)
Date of birthAugust 5, 1972
ProfessionFox News commentator, tech entrepreneur
Personal website
Campaign website
Pete Snyder (b. August 5, 1972) is a current Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in the 2013 elections.[1] The Republican lieutenant gubernatorial nominee will be voted on by delegates of the Virginia Republican Party at the party-funded statewide primary convention on May 18, 2013.


Snyder is a businessman and frequent contributor to Fox News. He is the founder and former twelve year CEO of New Media Strategies, a social media marketing agency. During his tenure as CEO of New Media Strategies, Snyder's management success earned him the title "Best Boss" by Fortune Small Business.[2] In 2012, Snyder helped found a Virginia-based venture capital company dedicated to cultivating innovations in technology and entrepreneurship.

Snyder is a 1994 graduate of the College of William and Mary. He now sits on the Board of Visitors for his alma mater, in addition to serving on the Marketing Board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.[2]


  • Bachelor's degree - College of William & Mary (1994)



See also: Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Snyder is seeking the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.[1] The GOP primary nominating convention will take place on May 17-18, 2013. If delegates nominate Snyder, he will face the winner of the June 11 Democratic primary in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Campaign themes

Snyder's campaign highlights include plans to "End Runaway Spending and Put Richmond on a Spending Diet," "Fire Up Virginia’s Economy," and make "VA #1 in Education Again." He outlines these plans as well as priorities for the office of the lieutenant governor on his official campaign website:

  • Economic freedom:

"Government spending, higher taxes, and punitive regulations have created an environment where entrepreneurship and risk taking are discouraged, and growth stalls...Pete opposes restrictions on the voluntary exchange of goods and services in the free market. Instead, Pete favors a low, fair tax code with spending priorities that focus on the essential functions of government."

  • Personal freedom:

"Pete understands that the Second Amendment clearly provides for an INDIVIDUAL right to keep and bear arms."

  • Pete’s Plan to Reform Education: Making VA #1 in Education Again:
  1. Virginia Needs to Promote More Competition and Excellence in our Education system.
  2. Eliminate Teacher Tenure as we know it.
  3. Fight for Legislation that Allows Us to Rescue our Students that are Trapped in Failing Schools.

Campaign donors

On January 15, 2013, Snyder announced he had raised $452,739 during the first five weeks of his campaign. Over half of that, some $235,000, came from Ending Spending, a group focused on stopping wasteful government spending. Snyder stated, "I’m grateful for the support of so many fellow conservatives who have embraced our campaign about Big Ideas and made an investment in our grassroots efforts."[3]


Snyder lives in Fairfax County, Virginia with his wife, Burson, and their dog Elvis.[2]

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