Rick Snyder, former chief executive of Gateway Inc., is running for governor of Michigan against Virg Bernero, the Democratic nominee and two-term mayor of Lansing. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about his life.
How old is Rick Snyder?
Snyder is 52 years old.
When was Rick Snyder born?
Snyder was born Aug. 19, 1958.
Where was Rick Snyder born?
Snyder was born in Battle Creek, Mich.
Who are Rick Snyder's parents, and what do they do?
Snyder's parents are Dale and Helen Snyder. Dale owned a local window-cleaning company in Battle Creek. Mich.
Does Rick Snyder have any siblings?
Snyder was the son of older parents -- he has a sister who is 20 years older than him.
What did Rick Snyder do before deciding to run for the Senate?
Snyder worked at Gateway Inc. in California from 1991 to 1997, first as executive vice president and then president and chief operating officer of the company. Before that he had worked as an accountant for Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Detroit from 1982 to 1991. He earned his bachelor's degree, MBA and law degree from the University of Michigan. Snyder lives in Ann Arbor and runs a venture-capital firm.
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