Vic Snyder

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Vic Snyder previously served the 2nd Congressional district of Arkansas

Vic Snyder, a Democrat, is a former U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional district of Arkansas, having served 1997 to 2011.[1] His district included the state capital, Little Rock.

Record and controversies

Iraq War

Snyder voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.


Vic Snyder was born September 27, 1947 in Medford, Oregon. He is a 1965 graduate of Medford High School and attended college at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. After attending college for two years, in 1967 Snyder volunteered for the United States Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam with Headquarters Company of the US 1st Marine Division during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Corporal. Snyder earned a degree in Chemistry in 1975 from Willamette and earned his medical degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon in 1979.

Snyder moved to Little Rock and served his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In 1982 after completing his residency he worked as a family practice physician for 15 years. During this time he traveled overseas to volunteer his medical services at Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand, Salvadoran refugee camps in Honduras, and Ethiopian refugee camps in Sudan.

From 1985 to 1988 Snyder attended the University of Arkansas to obtain his law degree while still maintaining his medical practice. In 1990 he successfully ran for a seat in the Arkansas legislature and served in that body until 1996.

Snyder was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 and was reelected in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004.

Snyder focuses on many traditionally liberal issues, including a particular interest in support for veteran's and military families, serving on the House Committee on Veteran's Affairs and the House Armed Services Committee.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Andy Joseph Mayberry to face Snyder in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Snyder retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Arkansas superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Vic Snyder, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

2010 elections

In 2010, Snyder retired. Tim Griffin (R) beat Joyce Elliott (D) for the House seat.[1]

Committees and affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and caucuses

  • 21st Century Health Care Caucus
  • Affordable Medicines Task Force
  • AIDS Task Force
  • Alzheimer's Task Force
  • Autism Caucus
  • Bicycle Caucus
  • Biotech Caucus
  • Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus
  • Bipartisan Pro-Choice Caucus
  • Brazil Caucus
  • Cancer Caucus
  • Caucus on Bipartisan Generic Drug Equity
  • Cement Caucus
  • Child Care Caucus
  • Congressional 4-H Caucus
  • Congressional Arts Caucus
  • Congressional Brain Injury Task Force
  • Congressional Caucus on the Judicial Branch
  • Congressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption
  • Congressional Humanities Caucus
  • Congressional Rural Caucus
  • Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus
  • Congressional Victim's Rights Caucus
  • Congessional Wind Hazard Reduction Caucus
  • Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
  • COPD Caucus
  • Democratic Study Group
  • Diabetes Caucus
  • Ethiopia Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Global Health Caucus
  • Health Democratic Caucus Task Force
  • Heart and Stroke Coalition
  • Human Rights Caucus
  • Kidney Caucus
  • Law Enforcement Caucus
  • Medicare Fairness Caucus
  • National Guard and Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization
  • National Park Caucus
  • New Democrat Coalition
  • Oral Health Caucus
  • Parkinson's Working Group
  • Refugee Caucus
  • River of Trade Corridor Congressional Caucus
  • Rural Health Care Coalition
  • Rural Housing Caucus
  • Spina Bifida Caucus
  • Vision Caucus
  • Windstorm Impact Reduction Caucus

Boards and other affiliations

  • American Academy of Family Practice
  • Arkansas Academy of Family Practice
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Board Member, Arkansas Historical Association
  • Arkansas Medical Society
  • Board Member, Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Board Member, Our House Shelter
  • Member, Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church

More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Vic Snyder. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Garance Franke-Ruta, 2010 Election Results: 8:30 poll closings–Arkansas, Politerati, accessed January 2011.
  2. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Military Personnel, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs/Subcommittee on Military Personnel
Ranking Member On:

21st Century Health Care Caucus, Autism Caucus, Bicycle Caucus, Biotech Caucu, Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, Bipartisan Pro-Choice Caucus, Brazil Caucus, Cancer Caucus, Caucus on Bipartisan Generic Drug Equity, Cement Caucus, Child Care Caucus, Congressional 4-H Caucus, Congressional Arts Caucus, Congressional Caucus on the Judicial Branch, Congressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine, Congressional Humanities Caucus, Congressional Rural Caucus, Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, Congressional Victim's Rights Caucus, Congessional Wind Hazard Reduction Caucus, Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus, COPD Caucus, Diabetes Caucus, Ethiopia Caucus, Co-Chair of Global Health Caucus, Human Rights Caucus, Kidney Caucus, Law Enforcement Caucus, Medicare Fairness Caucus, National Park Caucus, Oral Health Caucus, Refugee Caucus, River of Trade Corridor Congressional Caucus, Rural Housing Caucus, Spina Bifida Caucus, Vision Caucus, Windstorm Impact Reduction Caucus
Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Military Personnel, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs/Subcommittee on Health
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 1996
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1997
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Arkansas Senate
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 3118 Federal Building 700 West Capitol Avenue Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-324-5941 (TTYD Number: 501-324-5922) / Fax: 501-324-6029
2. Conway County
Phone: 501-324-5941 / Fax:
3. Faulkner County
Phone: 501-336-9000 / Fax:
4. Perry County
Phone: 501-889-5424 / Fax:
5. Saline County
Phone: 501-776-1133 / Fax:
6. Van Buren County
Phone: 501-745-5611 / Fax:
7. White County
Phone: 501-268-3000 / Fax:
8. Yell County
Phone: 501-495-3000, 501-229-1604 / Fax:
Campaign Contact:

Webform Email: / Email:

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Date of Birth: September 27, 1947