GOVERNOR, STATE OF MICHIGAN @ 2015
First taking office in 2011, Governor Rick Snyder pledged a common sense approach to governing focused on working together to find solutions for the state’s toughest problems. With the self-proclaimed moniker “One Tough Nerd,” Governor Snyder has prioritized making government more efficient and effective for Michigan’s residents. In his first term, the state passed four balanced budgets, eliminated a $1.5 billion deficit and reformed burdensome tax and regulatory codes that were stifling business growth and job creation. Since Governor Snyder took office Michigan has created over 300,000 new private sector jobs. Today, Michigan’s unemployment rate is at its lowest in 12 years. 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.