Rep. Pam Snyder's Biography
State Representative Pam Snyder was elected to her first term in office in November 2012 and is currently serving her fourth two-year term representing the 50th Legislative District.
Since serving in this capacity, Snyder has been steadfast in her efforts to support corrections officers and keep them safe on the job. In 2016, her bill was signed into law requiring the state Department of Corrections to issue canisters of pepper spray to all officers working in medium- and high-security state prisons. She continues to work with her colleagues in the state House on additional bills to address officer security, including legislation that would provide officers the opportunity to submit written testimony or testify in person at parole hearings.
Snyder is also leading the effort to expand reliable broadband Internet access across Pennsylvania, notably in rural areas, an effort she has led in recent years with success. She is the co-founder of the legislature’s Broadband Caucus and spearheaded the creation of the state Office of Broadband Initiatives within the Governor’s Office in 2018.
Her continued work on the House Consumer Affairs Committee provides her with the opportunity to continue her consumer advocacy on expanding broadband access. In addition, Snyder’s appointment to the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee allows her to have an impact on her district’s national gas and coal resources. With agriculture being a top industry in her district, her role on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee is key to ensuring it remains strong and continues to create jobs in rural communities.
Snyder serves as deputy whip of the state House Democratic Caucus, a position that’s responsible for ensuring Democratic members are up-to-speed on legislation and policy matters and provides her with the opportunity to continue to make a difference in the lives of all Pennsylvanians and move the state forward. She also serves as chairperson of the caucus’s Southwest Delegation, charged with devising strategy and promoting ideas on a regional basis.
Prior to her election as state representative, Snyder served nine years as a Greene County commissioner and was elected chairman 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.
In 2012, Snyder was elected vice president of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and was the recipient of the Outstanding County Commissioner Award for her career in serving Greene County.
From 1994 to 2002, Snyder served as a senior aide to U.S. Rep. Frank Mascara, working with constituents from Greene, Allegheny, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
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. The Greene County Democratic Committee honored her as Democrat of the Year in 2018. 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. Snyder was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Waynesburg for her substantial contributions to the community.
A graduate of Jefferson-Morgan High School, Snyder received an honorary Bachelor of Arts from Waynesburg University in March 2008, 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 have two daughters, Joy Eggleston and Maddie Loring, who both reside with their families 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.