Ryan Zinke

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Ryan Zinke
Ryan Zinke official portrait.jpg
52nd United States Secretary of the Interior
Assumed office
March 1, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Sally Jewell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Montana's at-large district
In office
January 3, 2015 – March 1, 2017
Preceded by Steve Daines
Succeeded by Greg Gianforte
Member of the Montana Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 2009 – January 2011
Preceded by Dan Weinberg
Succeeded by Dee Brown
Personal details
Born Ryan Keith Zinke
November 1, 1961 (1961-11-01) (age 56)
Bozeman, Montana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lolita Hand
Children 3
Education University of Oregon (BS)
National University (MBA)
University of San Diego (MS)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1986–2008
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Commander
Unit Naval Special Warfare Development Group.jpg SEAL Team Six
SEAL TEAM ONE
NSWU-2
NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CENTER
Awards Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal

Ryan Keith Zinke (born November 1, 1961) is an American politician. He is the 52nd and current United States Secretary of the Interior. He is member of the Republican Party. He served as a member of the Montana State Senate, representing Senate District 2 from 2009 to 2011.[1] He was the Republican congressman for Montana's at-large congressional district having won in the 2014 election. He resigned as a U.S. representative on March 1, 2017.

Early life[change | change source]

Zinke was born in Bozeman, Montana and raised in Whitefish. He is the son of Jean Montana (Harlow) Petersen and Ray Dale Zinke, a plumber.[2]

Zinke earned a B.S. in geology in 1984 at the University of Oregon.[3] Zinke later earned an M.B.A. from National University in 1993 and an M.S. in global leadership from the University of San Diego in 2003.[3]

United States representative (2015–2017)[change | change source]

In Congress, Zinke has supported the deployment of U.S. ground troops to combat ISIL, "abandoning" the Affordable Care Act, and cutting regulations.[4] He supported a Republican effort to repeal the estate tax.[4]

Zinke "frequently votes against environmentalists on issues ranging from coal extraction to oil and gas drilling" and received a 3 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters.[5]

United States Secretary of the Interior (since 2017)[change | change source]

On December 13, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump picked Zinke for the position of United States Secretary of the Interior.[6] Zinke was confirmed on March 1, 2017, becoming the first Navy SEAL to occupy a Cabinet position.[7][8]

Personal life[change | change source]

Zinke has been married to Lolita Hand. They have three children. Zinke is Lutheran.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ryan Zinke Announces Statewide Bus Tour". 30 April 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  2. Zinke, Ryan (29 November 2016). "American Commander: Serving a Country Worth Fighting For and Training the Brave Soldiers Who Lead the Way". HarperCollins Christian Publishing – via Google Books. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Smita Nordwall (December 15, 2016). "Who is Ryan Zinke?". Voice of America. 
  4. 4.0 4.1
  5. Juliet Eilperin, Trump taps Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as interior secretary, Washington Post (December 13, 2016).
  6. Vogel, Kenneth; Severns, Maggie (December 13, 2016). "Trump selects Zinke as interior secretary". Politico. Washington, DC. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  7. Steele, Jeanette. "Zinke marks 1st Navy SEAL for Cabinet slot". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  8. Killough, Ashley; Barrett, Ted (March 1, 2017). "Senate approves Trump's nominee for Interior". CNN. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  9. "The Voter's Self Defense System". 

Other websites[change | change source]