William and Mary Law School

About Forum Fellow John Snow

John Snow is an accomplished economist, academic and CEO. Born in Toledo, Ohio, the Honorable John William Snow, 73rd United States Treasury Secretary, has been an influential figure in not only the United States, but also the global community.

During his tenure as Secretary of the Treasury from February 2003 until June 2006 under President George W. Bush, the Honorable John Snow led the Bush Administration's Economic Team and was its guiding voice on domestic and global economic issues.

John Snow

He steered the effort to pass the historic 2003 Jobs and Growth tax relief act, a signature achievement which significantly lowered tax rates on individuals, as well as on capital investment, leading to the strong economic recovery enjoyed during his tenure.

Mr. Snow's influence extends to the international economic community as well. He initiated new tactics to tackle the financial war on terror and founded an office dedicated to that task at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

While boasting several significant economic achievements, his expertise is not limited to economics. From 1994 through 1996, he served as Chairman of the Business Roundtable, the foremost business policy group comprised of 250 chief executive officers of the nation's largest companies. During that period, he played a considerable role in supporting passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and working on the deficit reduction agreement. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Business Council.

Prior to becoming Treasury Secretary, Mr. Snow held the position of Chairman and chief executive officer of global transportation company CSX Corporation for more than a decade.  He also held several high-ranking positions in the Department of Transportation during the Ford Administration where he led the efforts to deregulate the motor carrier, airline, barge and rail industries.

Mr. Snow did his undergraduate work at Kenyon College and the University of Toledo, from which he received a BA in 1962. He went to earn a PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia, a Masters Degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from The George Washington University.

Mr. Snow serves on the boards of Cerberus Capital Management LP, where he is non-executive chair, Verizon, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Amerigroup and International Consolidated Airlines Group.