Rick Snuffer

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Rick Snuffer
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West Virginia House of Delegates District 27
Former officeholder
In office
2011- December 1, 2012
Base salary$20,000/year
Per diem$131/day during session
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthJuly 31, 1961
Place of birthBeckley, WV
Office website
Campaign website
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Rick Snuffer is a former Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 27 from 2010 to 2012. Snuffer ran unsuccessfully for U.S. House in 2012.[1] He won the Republican primary on May 8, 2012 and was defeated by Democratic incumbent Nick Rahall in the general election.[2]


Before assuming office, Snuffer worked as a commercial specialist for Nationwide Insurance. He was vice president of WESCO Homes Incorporated from 1971-2004, during which time he also worked for Combined Insurance and Metropolitan Life.

Snuffer attended the World of Faith Leadership and Bible Institute, Mountain State University, and received a Regents bachelor of arts from Bluefield State University.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes

Snuffer listed several of his campaign issues on his website:[3]

  • Jobs
  • Stopping the War on Coal
  • Repealing Obamacare
  • Social Security and Medicare
  • Veterans
  • Pro-life
  • Pro-traditional marriage
  • Pro-Israel



See also: West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Snuffer was defeated by incumbent Nick Rahall.[4] Snuffer ran for the U.S. House in 2012. He defeated Lee Bias and Bill Lester in the Republican primary,[2] and was defeated by the Democratic incumbent Nick Rahall in the November 6 general election.[1][2][5]

U.S. House, West Virginia District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNick Rahall Incumbent 53.5% 102,519
     Republican Rick Snuffer 46.5% 88,999
Total Votes 191,518
Source: West Virginia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Snuffer 53.4% 12,359
Lee Bias 28.8% 6,671
Bill Lester 17.7% 4,104
Total Votes 23,134


See also: West Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2010

Snuffer was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates District 27. He was one of nine candidates running for the five positions in District 27 on the ballot in the November 2, 2010, general election. He was opposed in the general election by Democratic incumbents Virginia Mahan, Rick Moye, Sally Matz Susman and William Wooton; Democrat Mel Kessler; Republican incumbent Linda Sumner, and Republicans John David O'Neal, and Richard "Ben" Franklin. Only the top five vote-getters were elected.[6][7][8]

West Virginia House of Delegates, District 27 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Sumner (R) 13,784 14.27%
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Snuffer (R) 12,299 12.73%
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Moye (D) 11,644 12.05%
Green check mark transparent.png John David O'Neal (R) 11,591 12.00%
Green check mark transparent.png William Wooton (D) 11,038 11.43%
Sally Susman (D) 10,233 10.59
Melvin Kessler (D) 8,951 9.26
Virginia Mahan (D) 8,555 8.86
Richard Franklin (R) 8,516 8.81
West Virginia State Senate, District 27 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Sumner (R) 2,091 7.17%
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Ray Snuffer (R) 1,884 6.46%
Green check mark transparent.png John David O'Neal IV (R) 1,558 5.34%
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Eugene Franklin (R) 1,402 4.80%

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Snuffer's reports.

Rick Snuffer Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 19, 2012$0$10,745.76$(4,484.98)$6,260.78
July Quarterly[10]July 13, 2012$8,978.11$198,559$(56,877.38)$150,659.73
Running totals


In 2010, when Snuffer first won election to the House of Delegates, he collected $5,200 in donations.[11]

His five largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Massey Energy $1,000
Raleigh County Republican Executive Committee $700
American Electric Power $500
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce $500
Contractors Association of West Virginia $450


Snuffer and his wife, Lori, have three children. He is a member of the board of New River Habitat for Humanity.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Virginia Mahan
West Virginia House of Representatives District 27
Succeeded by