State Representative Pam Snyder was elected to her first term in office in November 2012 after serving nine years as a Greene County commissioner.
As state representative, Snyder has cemented a reputation as a hard-working lawmaker not afraid to oppose rigid ideologies of any party to fight for constituents of the 50th Legislative District on issues as varied as energy policy, economic development, tax reform and restraint, public education, gun rights and reforming state government.
Snyder is a forceful proponent for the region’s coal and natural gas resources and the jobs they produce.
As a first-term lawmaker, Snyder won enactment of Act 175 of 2014, ensuring that the state’s energy destiny will be crafted for Pennsylvania by Pennsylvanians and establishing commonsense protocols as the state – not the federal Environmental Protection Agency — develops a plan to curb emissions at least cost to Pennsylvania ratepayers and protecting the reliability of electric supplies.
In April 2014, Snyder was one of four lawmakers named to a Legislative Task Force charged with investigating the scourge of opioid prescription drug abuse in Pennsylvania. The Joint State Government Commission’s task force produced encompassing recommendations being implemented statewide, including establishing guidelines for prescribing opioid medications, and funding Pennsylvania’s emerging prescription drug monitoring program.
On budget issues, Snyder has established herself as a voice of compromise and restraint, seeking responsible solutions to the state’s funding shortfalls while rejecting unreasonable tax increases.
Snyder has voted for and against Democratic AND Republican budgets that did not serve southwestern Pennsylvania or the commonwealth as a whole because of either inadequate or over-reaching provisions. Snyder provided key support to end a nine-month budget impasse that threatened to close local public schools.
Throughout her tenure in the General Assembly, Snyder has provided leadership on statewide and local issues, crafting and supporting legislation addressing undue state fees on local farm markets and produce stands, barriers to mental healthcare for minors as well as costly fees on volunteer first responders and excessive regulation of fraternal and social clubs.
Throughout her legislative efforts in Harrisburg, Snyder has bolstered citizen access to state government by expanding outreach to constituents and military veterans. Her district offices in Carmichaels, Brownsville and Waynesburg are supplemented by regular outreach throughout the 650-square-mile 50th Legislative District, among the largest in the state.
Snyder’s leadership in the district and Harrisburg was borne from her tenure as a Greene County commissioner.
Snyder was elected chair of the Board of Commissioners throughout her entire tenure as commissioner. She cultivated the development of many major projects in Greene County, including a Wal-Mart, a new county water park, enhanced day camp programs for youth and the Heroes Run/Walk race to honor and memorialize two of the county’s fallen veterans. As commissioner, Snyder also oversaw the creation of a grant program to help municipalities enhance sewage and water lines, the endowment of a scholarship to assist teens pursuing higher education and the prevention of a 500-kV power line. Snyder also took a proactive approach to the Marcellus Shale gas-drilling boom, helping to position Greene County as a leader in the energy industry and bringing millions of additional revenue into the county.
Before her terms as a Greene County commissioner, where she helped to administer $25 million county budgets, Snyder served as a senior aide to U.S. Rep. Frank Mascara from 1994 to 2002, working with constituents from Greene, Allegheny, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
As deputy district director for the 20th Congressional District, Snyder helped secure funding for several local projects, including a water line in the Khedive area; an expansion of the Carmichaels-Cumberland sewage plant for Paisley Industrial Park; an education grant for technology improvements in all Greene County schools; and infrastructure improvements for county-owned property.
Beginning in 1990, Snyder worked for two years as the administrative assistant to the Greene County commissioners, and then spent two years as an assistant project engineer for the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, where she oversaw local economic development projects. In the 1980s, Snyder served as the chief office deputy in the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for six years.
As an elected official, Snyder remains active in many political, professional and civic roles. She has served as vice chairman of the Greene County Democratic Committee and as a member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. In 2004 and 2008, Snyder served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She is also a member of the Greene County Democratic Women’s Club and the Waynesburg Lodge Women of the Moose.
Previously, Snyder has served on the boards of directors for the United Way of Greene County and the Greene County Cooperative Extension, on which she served as treasurer. Snyder also served previously on the Southwest Region Medical Center Citizen’s Advisory Board.
In August 2012, Snyder was named the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s 2012 Outstanding County Commissioner of the Year. She also received a special President’s award in recognition of her outstanding contributions, service and commitment to CCAP. Before stepping down as Greene County commissioner, Snyder served as first vice president of CCAP and secretary/treasurer of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission. In December 2012, Rep. Snyder was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Waynesburg Rotary Club.
In November 2008, the Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women honored Snyder with an Outstanding Elected Democratic Woman award. She was among 14 women selected from across the state to receive the honor.
A graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School, Snyder received in March 2008 an honorary Bachelor of Arts from Waynesburg University, and in May 2008, she attended the County Leadership Training Institute at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Snyder and her husband, Jack, live on a small family farm in Jefferson. The couple’s older daughter, Joy Eggleston, is senior public affairs officer at Southwest Regional Medical Center and lives in Jefferson with her husband, Kevin, and their two children, Jackson and Theresa. Their younger daughter, Maddie Snyder, is a special education teacher at Carmichaels Area School District and lives in Jefferson. Snyder and her family are active members of St. Marcellus Catholic Church in Jefferson, where Snyder serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister.
Snyder’s top issues include public education, term limits for legislators, property taxes, transportation funding and small games of chance.