Life and career
Snowbarger was born in Kankakee, Illinois. He graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 1971 with a B.A., the University of Illinois in 1974 with an M.A., and he received a law degree from the University of Kansas in 1977. In 1974, he was hired as a professor at MidAmerica Nazarene College. From 1978 to 1984, he worked as a consultant for the Republican Party, and from 1982 to 1984 he worked as the city planner of Olathe, Kansas.
Although the 3rd has historically been a moderate district, Snowbarger had an unshakably conservative voting record, especially on social issues. In 1998, his Democratic challenger, former Johnson County District Attorney Dennis Moore, branded Snowbarger as too conservative for the district. Some of the district's moderate Republicans backed Moore, and he was able to defeat Snowbarger by four points.
During the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, Snowbarger served with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation from 2002 to 2013. He served as acting director of the agency twice while the president nominated a new director. He also served as Deputy Director for Operations (2009-2012) and Senior Advisor for External Affairs (2012-2013).
He has been retired since 2016.
- United States Congress. "Vince Snowbarger (id: S000662)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 3rd congressional district
| (Acting) Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Charles E.F. Millard
|105th||Senate: S. Brownback • P. Roberts||House: T. Tiahrt • J. Ryun • J. Moran • V. Snowbarger|