Rick Snyder was sworn in as governor of Michigan on January 1, 2011.
Snyder earned his bachelor’s degree, MBA and law degree from the University of Michigan - all by the age of 23. He chose to start his career in Michigan as a tax accountant with the Detroit office of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and, within six years, he made partner.
Michigan’s 48th governor has significant executive leadership experience in the private sector, including serving as chairman and CEO of the computer company, Gateway. He also founded Ann Arbor, Michigan-based venture capital and investment firms and an online health and wellness company. He has been actively involved in economic development as well, having served as the first chair of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Snyder is the first Certified Public Accountant to be elected governor of Michigan and is the only CPA in the country serving as a governor. In just two years, he’s restored Michigan’s fiscal integrity, brought fairness to the state’s tax system, and through relentless positive action is helping attract more and better jobs to the state.
He and his wife, Sue, have one son and two daughters.