For Immediate Release
February 24, 2015
Snyder, a long time Washington State Legislator, Kelso native and LCC alum, died in 2012. His wife of 61 years, Bette Kennedy Snyder, will accept the award on his behalf at the LCC Foundation Horns & Halos Gala on March 21, 2015.
Snyder, a Democrat and former Senate Majority Leader whose career spanned 54 years, was the son of a Kelso barber. In an interview, he once said,
"I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks in South Kelso, and if I got through high school that was great..."
After he graduated from Kelso High School, he went on to serve in the Army Air Corps and attend Lower Columbia College. After moving to Long Beach in 1946, Snyder opened Sid’s Market. In 1949, he was hired as an elevator operator for the House of Representatives at the state Capitol in Olympia. He quickly moved to the position of Bill Room Supervisor, and later spent 12 years as Assistant Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives. Snyder also served as Secretary of the Senate for 19 years.
In 1990, Snyder was elected to the Washington State Senate where he served as Caucus Chair during his freshman term. He eventually became the Senate Majority Leader.
Senator Snyder was awarded many honors in his long legislative career, including the Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award in 2002.
Previous LCC Alumni of the Year include Paul Laufman in 2013, and Rob Quoidbach in 2014.