West Virginia State Sen. Herb Snyder is seeking to retain his 16th District seat.
Snyder, a 58-year-old Democrat, and Republican James “Jim” Ruland of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., are running unopposed for the seat in the May 8 primary.
The newly configured 16th Senatorial District includes all of Jefferson County. It crosses the Berkeley County line and takes in all of the city of Martinsburg.
Snyder is serving his 12th year in the W.Va. Senate after serving on the Jefferson County Commission from 1991-96. He is chairman of the Senate Government Organization Committee, co-chairman of the Joint Government Operation Committee and vice chairman of the Rule Making and Review Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Rules Committee, one of the ranking members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture and Economic Development Committees.
“It took me 10 years to advance to the rank of the select few that lead the Senate,” Snyder said in a news release. “The Eastern Panhandle is now well-represented by my positions in leadership, which have not been held by a Panhandle senator for many decades.”
Snyder considers himself to be a fiscal conservative and social moderate. Some of the accomplishments he achieved during his Senate tenure are the passage of the Infectious Medical Waste Act, the Waste Tire Management Act, the Growth County School Facilities Act, passage of a bill for copper-theft prevention and a $4,000 tax credit for those who adopt a child. He also succeeded in securing yearly funding for the W.Va. thoroughbred horse-breeders program, and bond issue funding for improvements at Cacapon State Park and for West Virginia to meet the pollution-control requirements placed on public wastewater treatment facilities in the Eastern Panhandle, a requirement of the federal Chesapeake Bay Restoration Program.
Snyder is an environmental chemist, and has been laboratory director and owner of an environmental laboratory in Shenandoah Junction for 35 years.
He graduated from Shepherdstown High School in 1972 and graduated in 1977 from Shepherd College with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and business.
Snyder lives on his family beef cattle farm near Shenandoah Junction. He is married with six adult children.