Sen. Cooper Snyder was presented by Chancellor John Carey with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Ohio Department of Higher Education in August 2018. They were joined by Sen. Snyder’s son, Harry Snyder, who is President/CEO of Great Oaks Career Campuses. Pictured (l-r) are John Carey, Cooper Snyder and Harry Snyder.
Sen. Cooper Snyder was presented by Chancellor John Carey with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Ohio Department of Higher Education in August 2018. They were joined by Sen. Snyder’s son, Harry Snyder, who is President/CEO of Great Oaks Career Campuses. Pictured (l-r) are John Carey, Cooper Snyder and Harry Snyder.
Former State Sen. H. Cooper Snyder passed away early this week, and has joined his beloved wife, Dorothy, who passed away on June 15, 2019.

Sen. Snyder, R-Blanchester, represented Highland County in the Ohio General Assembly and was known for his passion for education.

Sen. Snyder was appointed in 1979 to replace Sen. Bill Mussey in the Ohio Senate. He won re-election to four more terms before running for Congress in the 1994 Republican primary. After losing to former Congressman Frank Cremeans, Sen. Snyder returned to the state Senate. He announced his retirement in 1996.

State Rep. Shane Wilkin, R-Hillsboro, issued the following statement today on the passing of former Sen. Snyder:

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Cooper Snyder," Wilkin said. "He was a strong advocate for southern Ohio, a leader for Ohio’s schools and a genuine friend to all who were fortunate to know him. I always enjoyed our talks and valued his advice and counsel. He made a difference in our community and for people throughout Ohio. He will be greatly missed.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued the following statement:

"Fran and I were so sorry to learn of the death of our friend, Cooper Snyder," DeWine said.

"He was a pragmatic, common-sense legislator who always stayed close to the people he represented. I worked with Cooper Snyder during my time in the Ohio Senate. And our son, Pat, worked for him for six months on one of his campaigns.

"Cooper and his wife, Dorothy, were an amazing team," DeWine said. "They were wonderful people. Fran and I are blessed to have been among their friends."

In August last year, Ohio Chancellor of Higher Education John Carey visited Wilmington to honor Sen. Snyder for "a life well lived in the service of others."

Carey, who oversees Ohio’s two-year and four-year public colleges and universities as well as Ohio technical centers, came to Sen. Snyder’s home in Cape May to recognize his legacy.

"Sen. Snyder, who served as an Ohio senator from 1979-96, was passionate about education throughout his career and was instrumental in helping Ohio students from kindergarten through college," Carey said.

"Among his many efforts to benefit students during his tenure in the Ohio Senate, Sen. Snyder pushed for the Post-Secondary Enrollment Option, now called College Credit Plus. PSEO enabled high school students to take college courses free and earn dual credit during the high school day."

The chancellor also noted Snyder’s support for proficiency testing which “grew out of a desire to ensure that students graduating from high school were prepared for college.”