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U.S. Governor
    (August 19, 1958- )
    Born in Battle Creek, Michigan
    Birth name is Richard Dale Snyder
    Politician, business executive, venture capitalist, and accountant
    Former Chairman of the board of Gateway, Inc., in Irvine, California (2005-2007)
    Previously served as Chairman of the board and CEO of Ardesta LLC, a venture capital firm, which he co-founded, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Elected 48th Governor of Michigan during the Tea Party's Midterm electoral sweep of 2010, assuming office January 1, 2011
    Announced his candidacy for re-election as Governor of Michigan on February 3, 2014; later defeated challenger Democrat Mark Schauerd in the 2014 Midterm elections
    Sued in several federal class action lawsuits filed in the Eastern Michigan District Court in Detroit by several families charging him with causing the drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan (Nov. 2015)
    Requested that the Federal government declare a state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, in response to the Flint Water Crisis, a request President Obama complied with (Jan. 16, 2016)
    He shares a surname with the creep wannabe playboy who killed Dorothy Stratten.
    He has been blamed for the water contamination crisis in Flint, mainly by foregoing the cost of properly filtering the water (in the name of fiscal solvency).
    His development of Emergency Managers as a way of overriding election results has been called an affront to the US Constitution.
    Ironically, it was one of his emergency managers, Darnell Earley, who diverted Flint's water source from Detroit's supply to the Flint River, which subsequently became contaminated with lead.
    A year into the new system, studies began to surface with findings claiming that several children in the community were suffering from lead poisoning by drinking the river water.
    He was accused of downplaying the problems faced by Flint, due to its being known as a city with a high crime rate and large minority population.
    His administration exhibited a willful ignorance of the problem as it grew more evident, alienating medical professionals who raised alarms and encouraging Flint residents to continue drinking the water.
    It took a good year and a half for him to publicly acknowledge that there was a problem with the drinking water, but he still refused to directly tie the problem to the illness of Flint's children.
    Reports as to the scale of the damage varied, but the United Way of Genesee County estimated 6,000-12,000 children had been exposed to lead poisoning (with side affects that included skin lesions, autoimmune disorders, and even brain damage).
    As the scandal garnered wider exposure in the mainstream press, calls for his resignation and/or prosecution grew, including from Bernie Sanders, Michael Moore, and Hillary Clinton (whom he accused of trying to exploit the situation for partisan purposes).
    He was taking college classes as a high school student; acquiring 23 college credits by the time he was a senior.
    He was shortlisted by Mitt Romney as a potential running mate in the 2012 Presidential election, although he lost out to Paul Ryan.
    He made surprise trips to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Lanstuhl, Germany, where he visited injured U.S. soldiers at the U.S. Military hospital (Apr. 2012).
    He apologized to Flint residents in his State of the State address, promising to take 'full responsibility' for solving the problem.
    He committed $28 million to remedy the water crisis, calling the funding 'just one more step toward a long-term solution.'
    At the very least, the Flint Water Crisis turned out to be a unifying catastrophe which brought forth a tremendous national response of donations.
    He eventually rerouted the Flint water source to the original Detroit supply (albeit after the damage had been done).

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