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,” Governor Snyder has focused on making government more efficient and effective for Michigan’s citizens. In his first seven years in office, the state has passed seven balanced budgets, eliminated a $1.5 billion deficit and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation. He helped reduced unemployment to a 17 year low. From 11.2% when Governor Snyder took office, to its current low of 4.7%, all while expanding the workforce.
Raised in a Battle Creek home known for a strong work ethic and service to others, Governor Snyder’s upbringing has 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 a partner at Coopers & Lybrand, Governor Snyder joined Gateway Computers as President and COO overseeing over 10,000 U.S. employees. He later returned to Michigan to cofound an Ann Arbor-based venture capital fund.
The Governor’s background as a successful job creator has helped him better serve Michigan, producing results that earned him ‘Public Official of the Year’ in 2014 from GOVERNING magazine.
The Governor was re-elected in November, 2014 in one the country’s most highly contested races with a relentlessly positive message that focused on moving Michigan’s economy forward.
In Governor Snyder’s first seven years, Michigan created more than 54o,000 new private sector jobs. Michigan incomes have grown faster than the national average. Since 2010, average annual per capita income is $10,000 higher.
He brought fiscal responsibility to Michigan, paying down debts, confronting the state’s liabilities and increasing Michigan’s Rainy Day Fund from $2 million to $889 million. He eliminated the Michigan Business Tax, the dumbest tax in America.
Governor Snyder successfully implemented Healthy Michigan, an innovative and bipartisan plan that has provided affordable and quality healthcare for more than 600,000 hard-working Michiganders. Healthy Kids Dental has been expanded statewide.
Among his greatest achievements, Governor Snyder built a bipartisan coalition of Michiganders to put Detroit on a path to success.
With the Governor’s unwavering commitment, Detroit has emerged bankruptcy poised to be one of the great comeback stories in American history. The Governor’s “Relentless Positive Action” has brought solutions to pressing problems and renewed optimism in Michigan’s future.
Governor Snyder serves as Chairman of the Relentless Positive Action PAC. RPA PAC’s mission is to support solutions-driven Republicans that are focused on economic growth, expanding educational opportunities for our kids, and promoting innovative ideas to move Michigan and our Country forward.
About RPA PAC
The Relentless Positive Action PAC supports candidates and elected officials who are commonsense problem solvers willing to take on the toughest challenges facing Michigan and our nation.
RPA PAC seeks candidates who embrace innovative policy initiatives to move Michigan forward and continue the state’s positive reinvention. We aim to support a diverse field of candidates who practice and share the Governor’s commitment to:
“Relentless positive action has helped make Michigan the comeback state and it’s important that we stay on this trajectory for years to come because our work is not yet complete,” – Governor Snyder