|Governor of Michigan|
|January 1, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Bachelor's||University of Michigan (1977)|
|Master's||University Of Michigan Business School (1979)|
|J.D.||University of Michigan Law School (1982)|
|Profession||Executive, Venture Capitalist|
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.
After completing law school, Snyder joined Coopers & Lybrand 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.
Since then, Snyder has found two investment and venture capital firms, Avalon in 1997 and Ardesta LLC in 2009.
He and his wife, Sue, married since 1987, reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their three children.
- University of Michigan law School, J.D., 1982
- University of Michigan Business School, MBA with Distinction, 1979
- University of Michigan, Bachelors of General Studies with Distinction, 1977
Governor of Michigan (2011-Present)
Snyder was first elected in 2010.
Snyder promised during his 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. The state will 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 keeps the income tax rate at its current 4.35 percent until January 1, 2013, when it will drop to 4.25 percent. During 2011, Michigan also became the first state in more than 50 years to cut state-level unemployment benefits. 
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 stand 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.
- 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.
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.
- See also: Rick Snyder recall, Michigan (2011)
Following his support for giving expanding powers to officials designated as emergency managers for financially insolvent municipalities, Snyder became the target of a recall spearheaded by a consortium of center-left activism groups.
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.
On September 30, 2011, the group announced that it would fall short of its attempt to get on the February 2012 ballot.
Snyder first won election in 2010. He won by more than 18 points with 44.34% of eligible voters turning out. 
|Governor of Michigan, 2010|
|U.S. Taxpayers||Stacey Mathia||0.6%||20,818|
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|
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|Rick Snyder's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Michigan
|Total Raised by General Election Opponents||$3,426,543|
|Top 5 contributors||Rick Snyder||$5,885,192|
|Michigan Republican Party||$62,049|
|Gui Ponce de Leon||$6,400|
- Rick Snyder for Michigan Governor 2010
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
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- Stateline.org, States balance budgets with cuts, not taxes, June 15, 2011
- Mlive.com, "Gov. Rick Snyder asks Supreme Court to protect new tax on pensions," June 2, 2011.
- Ann Arbor.com, "Rick Snyder recall petition language approved in 2-1 vote by Washtenaw County panel," April 9, 2012
- Times Picayune, "Group ends Mich. recall effort after Wis. results," June 7, 2012
- Lansing State Journal, "Snyder recall efforts retooled," August 8, 2011
- The Detroit News, "Group attempting to recall Snyder fails to get issue on ballot," October 1, 2011
- The Detroit News, "Snyder endorses Romney for GOP nomination," February 16, 2012
- Michigan Department of State, "General Election Results: OFFICIAL", November 19, 2010 at 15:10, accessed November 30, 2010
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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