Rick Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder


January 1, 2011 - January 1, 2019

August 19, 1958


University of Michigan; University of Michigan Law School; University of Michigan Business School

Birth State

Married Sue Snyder; three children


Rick Snyder was sworn in as governor of Michigan on January 1, 2011, and was sworn in for his second term on January 1, 2015.

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.

Snyder previously served 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. He and his wife, Sue, have one son and two daughters.


Michigan’s first lady, Sue Snyder, is a native of Dearborn, Michigan. She met her husband, Governor Rick Snyder, while both were working at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Detroit, and they were married in 1987.

Mrs. Snyder has been an active community volunteer, serving on the board of The Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a nonprofit center for teens designed to promote personal growth and realize their dreams. The first lady also is the spokesperson for Ele’s Place in Lansing and Ann Arbor, a healing center for grieving children and their families. She is past president of the board and development chair of Daycroft Montessori School, as well as past president of the Parents Guild.

Mrs. Snyder is a graduate of Dearborn High School and attended Western Michigan University, with a focus on business and administration.

The Snyders have three children: Jeff, 25; Melissa, 22; and Kelsey, 17.