|Former Governor of Michigan|
From: January 1, 2011 – January 1, 2019
Richard Dale “Rick” Snyder (born August 19, 1958 in Battle Creek, Michigan (age 62)) is a venture capitalist and former Republican Governor of Michigan. Snyder served two terms and was succeeded by liberal Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.
Education and business career
Snyder graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of General Studies degree with high distinction in 1977, a Masters of Business Administration with distinction in 1979, and a Juris Doctor in 1982. After serving as a partner at Coopers & Lybrand he joined Gateway computers in 1991 as Executive Vice President and President and COO of Gateway, Inc. in 1997. He went on to become President and CEO of Avalon Investment, which invested in 24 technology-oriented startup companies.
Governor of Michigan
As a gubernatorial candidate, Snyder was known on the campaign trail as "Rick the Nerd".[Citation Needed] He defeated four candidates in the Republican primary and defeated Lansing Mayor Virgil Bernero with over sixty percent of the vote in the general election.
After ending his gubernatorial tenure, Snyder expressed support for large refugee and legal immigration levels.
- Multiple references:
- Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, endorses Joe Biden over ’bully’ President Donald Trump
- Rodriguez, Katherine (July 12, 2017). Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Law Making Female Genital Mutilation a Felony. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
- Munro, Neil (November 1, 2019). WSJ: Feds Must Import More Refugee Workers and Consumers for Business. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 2, 2019.