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Gov. Rick Snyder

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Gov. Rick Snyder

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Gov. Rick Snyder

When Rick Snyder became Michigan’s 48th Governor in 2011, he pledged a commonsense approach to governing that focused on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems.

With the self-proclaimed moniker “one tough nerd,” Gov. Snyder focused on making government more efficient and effective for Michigan’s citizens. During his time time in office, he passed balanced budgets, eliminated a $1.5 billion deficit and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation.

Raised in a Battle Creek home known for a strong work ethic and service to others, Gov. Snyder’s upbringing aided in leading the state’s comeback. A homemaker and a small business owner, his parents demonstrated the value of hard work.

After graduating the University of Michigan, he joined accounting firm PwC (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). There, he met his wife Sue. They are the proud parents of Jeff, Melissa and Kelsey.

Following a successful career as partner at Coopers & Lybrand, Gov. Snyder joined Gateway as President and COO. He later returned to Michigan to cofound an Ann Arbor-based venture capital fund.

Snyder's background as a successful job creator helped him better serve Michigan, producing results that earned him ‘Public Official of the Year’ in 2014 from GOVERNING magazine.

During his time in office, Michigan created more than 500,000 new private sector jobs. In 2017, Michigan’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in 17 years.

Snyder successfully implemented Healthy Michigan, an innovative and bipartisan plan that provided affordable and quality healthcare for more than 600,000 hard-working Michiganders.

Among his greatest achievements, Gov. Snyder built a bipartisan coalition of Michiganders to put Detroit back on a path to success.

With the Governor’s unwavering commitment, Detroit emerged from bankruptcy as one of the greatest comeback stories in American history.

Snyder’s “Relentless Positive Action” brought solutions to pressing problems and renewed optimism in Michigan’s future, setting the state on the best possible path for a future of endless prosperity.