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Diane B. Snelling

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Daughter of Richard A. Snelling, Governor and Barbara W. Snelling

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About Diane B. Snelling


Chittenden County representative to the Vermont State Senate for three terms. Designer and Creative Manager at Aniforms in New York City. President of Muse Creative Management from 1982-1992. Art and Communications Lecturer at Trinity College(1994-1997). Named Legislator of the Year in 2006 by the Vermont Health Care Association.



Diane B. Snelling (born March 18, 1952) is an American politician from Vermont who serves as a Republican member of the Vermont State Senate, representing the Chittenden County.

Diane Snelling was first appointed to the Vermont State Senate in January 2002 by Governor Howard Dean to serve the remainder of her mother, Barbara Snelling's, term in office, after her mother retired from the Senate. She won election to her seat in 2002 and was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 2010, and 2012.


Diane Snelling was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 18, 1952. She received an A.B./V.E.S. (Visual and Environmental Studies) degree from Harvard/Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1974, and an M.A. in art from New York University in 1994.

Senator Snelling moved to Hinesburg, Vermont in 1983 and continues to reside there. She works as an artist.

Snelling's father, Richard Snelling, served as Governor of Vermont from 1977 to 1985 and was elected again in 1990, serving until his death in 1991. After her father's death, Snelling's mother, Barbara Snelling, went on to serve as Vermont's Lieutenant Governor, and then as a State Senator. In 2002, after her mother resigned, Snelling was appointed to serve out the remainder of her mother's term by Democratic Gov. Howard Dean. She has served continuously since then, and is currently the only Republican in the six-member Chittenden County State Senate delegation.

Public life

Her public service includes:

Hinesburg, Vermont Planning Commission (1984).

Hinesburg School Board (1985–1991).

State Senator, appointed January 2002, elected 2002, and reelected 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012.

In 2013 Snelling considered a candidacy for Senate President, but ultimately decided against running.

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