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Birthdate: July 31, 1961
Birth Place: Beckley, WV, United States
Residence: Beckley, WV
Rick Snuffer was born and raised in Beckley, W.Va., where he still resides. He earned a bachelor's from Bluefield State University.
Snuffer was involved in his family's home construction business, eventually becoming vice president of the company. He is currently a commercial specialist with Nationwide Insurance.
Snuffer ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2004, and lost in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate in 2006. He was elected to the West Virginia Legislature in 2010.
He has volunteered in the Beckley community and is an ordained minister.
Snuffer and his wife, Lori, have three sons.
Rick Snuffer is seeking in 2012 a second challenge against incumbent Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall after losing an attempt to unseat Rahall in 2004. Snuffer unsuccessful ran for the U.S. Senate in 2006, placing third in the GOP primary.
Snuffer launched his latest congressional campaign following his 2010 election to the Virginia House of Delegates. He chose not to seek a second term in the Legislature with his bid to take on Rahall. Snuffer defeated two other candidates in the district's May 2012 Republican primary.
Snuffer has attracted support from the region's fragmented tea party movement in recent years. The 3rd Congressional District includes the state's southern coalfields, and Snuffer has questioned Rahall's support of the coal industry.
Source: Associated Press
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