|Governor of Michigan|
|January 1, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|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|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political Career
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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.
Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")
On February 6, 2013, Snyder spoke in support of a 25% expansion of Michigan's Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. "We're all here to support expanding Medicaid...We're moving forward with care for people who need it," he said to a coalition of groups advocating for Michigan's inclusion in the optional federal program. In order for Michigan to participate in the expansion, Snyder must induce the Republican-controlled State Legislature to overcome its skepticism about the federal health care law, under which states are promised three free years of expansion before federal government will begin paring back its funding. According to Sen. Roger Kahn (R), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, when the federal support is reduced to 90% in 2017, the state will owe an estimated $150 million-$200 million per year thereafter, not adjusting for inflation. Snyder argues that adding 470,000 low income Michigan residents currently ineligible for Medicaid to the rolls does not have to drain the state's coffers. His 2014 fiscal budget proposal to the Legislature included putting $103 million in a "health savings account," where half of the state's savings from no longer having to pay for those mental health services be set aside for 2017. "This is all about providing better care at a lower cost," Snyder said.
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.
- See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2014
Snyder is up for re-election in 2014. In December 2012, in the wake of his passage of a "right-to-work" law that provoked heavy rioting, particularly from unions, a Public Policy Poll showed the governor's chances of winning another term having severely diminished compared to a similar poll released the previous month. His net approval tumbled a net -28 points, with respondents preferring each of the poll's four hypothetical Democratic challengers over Snyder for 2014. Snyder has not announced whether he will seek re-election.
At a Republican leadership conference back in September 2011, Snyder told an interviewer that if he felt satisfied with the legacy he established during his first term, he would be inclined to pass the torch to "better, smarter people." He went on to say he's "happy to go fishing, go teach or do something else," indicating that a bid for different office was not on the 2014 agenda should he decline to run for re-election as governor.
- See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2010
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|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Rick Snyder's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Rick Snyder's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Michigan
|Total Raised by Opponents||$3,426,543|
|Top 5 contributors||Rick Snyder||$5,885,192|
|Michigan Republican Party||$62,049|
|Gui Ponce de Leon||$6,400|
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- Rick Snyder for Michigan Governor 2010
- Project Vote Smart biographical profile
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- The Detroit Free Press, "On Medicaid Expansion, Michigan GOP Gov. Snyder Will Need Legislature's Support," February 7, 2013
- 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
- Public Policy Polling, "Snyder's popularity plummets," December 18, 2012
- Public Policy Polling, "An early look at the 2014 governor landscape," November 12, 2012
- Michigan Live, "Gov. Rick Snyder says he might not run for re-election in 2014 -- could Brian Calley or Bill Schuette succeed him?," September 25, 2011
- 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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