Snyder plans U.P. waterfall tour with family after leaving office

    Gov. Rick Snyder spoke to soldiers and airman during a ceremony celebrating 25 years of cooperation between the Michigan Air National Guard and Latvian Army, June 2018. | U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gina K Danals, Creative Commons

    Gov. Rick Snyder exited office as of noon today. And while he’s kept mum on any long-term plans after eight years leading Michigan, the Republican says that he plans to spend more time with his family in the New Year.

    Snyder and his wife, Sue, posted a video message on YouTube set against a festive holiday background.

    “One of the most frequently asked questions I get is what am I going to do when I’m done being governor. So if you talk about New Year’s Resolutions, it’s simple: it’s to do whatever Sue says,” Snyder said. “I owe her that; I owe her some vacations. It’s time to catch up. And I think there’s a family pool already started about how long it is until she tells me to get out, because I will drive her nuts.”

    In the shorter term Snyder, a former business executive, said he plans to take his family on a waterfall tour in the Upper Peninsula later this year, but didn’t offer any specifics on whether he would rejoin the private sector.

    As Advance Editor Susan J. Demas noted in a column this morning, Snyder may have won some accolades for vetoing controversial legislation in his final days in office, but his legacy will still likely be rooted in the Flint water crisis and other actions he took as governor.

    Nonetheless, Snyder — who said in an exit interview with reporters last month that he wasn’t focused on his legacy — noted that the most important part of his governorship was that he did it.

    “The biggest highlight of being governor and having that wonderful family support through this is just serving,” Snyder said. “That sounds like a cliché to many people, but that was the whole point. We’ve been fortunate in our lives. This was an opportunity to give back. It wasn’t about us.”

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.


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