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Gene Snyder Edit Profile

also known as Marion Gene Snyder

United States representative , Lawyer , politician

Gene Snyder, American lawyer, retired congressman. Bar: Kentucky bar 1950, District of Columbia Bar 1970. Vice president Jeffersontown Civic Center, 1953-1954; president Lincoln Republican Club Kentucky, 1960-1961, 1st Magisterial District Republican Club, 1955-1957. Member Kentucky Bar Association, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Optimists (president Jeffersontown club 1957-1958), Jesters, Shriners, Masons.

Background

Snyder was born in Louisville and attended public schools there, having graduated from duPont Manual High School.

Education

Bachelor of Laws cum laude, Jefferson School Law, Louisville, 1950. Juris Doctor, University Louisville, 1969.

Career

He began a career as a lawyer in Louisville in 1950. In 1954, he became the city attorney in Jeffersontown, a post that he held for some four years. Snyder was elected as the magistrate for the first district of Jefferson County in the fall of 1957 and was re-elected in 1961.

He also had several business interests in farming, real estate, insurance, and construction. Snyder was elected to the House of Representatives from Kentucky's 3rd congressional district, based in Louisville, in 1962. He was one of the few Republicans to vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

A Barry M. Goldwater supporter, he was unseated in 1964 after only one term by former Louisville Mayor Charlie Farnsley, amid the gigantic Lyndon B. Johnson-Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic landslide that year. Snyder then moved to nearby Oldham County, which was in the neighboring 4th District, and prepared for a run against 11-term incumbent Frank Chelf in 1966. The 4th by that time was rapidly trending Republican because of an influx of new residents from Cincinnati.

It had absorbed most of the Kentucky side of the Cincinnati metro area in the 1960s round of redistricting. He took full advantage of this trend and defeated Chelf by almost eight points. He was reelected eight times from this district with almost no difficulty.

Rather than face Mulloy again, Snyder chose not to seek an 11th term in 1986. The seat then went to the Republican Jim Bunning, who in 1983 had been the unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial nominee against Martha Layne Collins. In 1982, Congressman Snyder secured federal funds to build a beltway around Louisville.

For this reason, a portion of I-265 was named for him. The federal courthouse building in Louisville and a general aviation airport near Falmouth, Kentucky (K62) also bear his name. Snyder died in Naples, Florida in 2007.

Achievements

  • In 1984, however, Democrat Pat Mulloy ran a surprisingly strong campaign and almost unseated Snyder. Only Ronald Reagan's landslide win in Kentucky (by almost twenty points) helped Snyder remain in office.

Membership

Vice president Jeffersontown Civic Center, 1953-1954. President Lincoln Republican Club Kentucky, 1960-1961, 1st Magisterial District Republican Club, 1955-1957. Member Kentucky Bar Association, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Optimists (president Jeffersontown club 1957-1958), Jesters, Shriners, Masons.

Connections

Son of; 1 son, Mark; married Patricia C. Robertson, April 10, 1973. 2 step-children.

father:
M. G. Son

mother:
Lois (Berg) Son

spouse:
Patricia C. Robertson