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|52nd United States Secretary of the Interior|
March 1, 2017 – January 2, 2019
|Preceded by||Sally Jewell|
|Succeeded by||David Bernhardt|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Montana's at-large district
January 3, 2015 – March 1, 2017
|Preceded by||Steve Daines|
|Succeeded by||Greg Gianforte|
|Member of the Montana Senate|
from the 2nd district
January 2009 – January 2011
|Preceded by||Dan Weinberg|
|Succeeded by||Dee Brown|
Ryan Keith Zinke
November 1, 1961
Bozeman, Montana, U.S.
|Education||University of Oregon (BS)|
National University (MBA)
University of San Diego (MS)
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1986–2008|
|Unit|| SEAL Team Six|
SEAL TEAM ONE
NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE CENTER
|Awards|| Bronze Star|
Meritorious Service Medal
Zinke served as a member of the Montana State Senate, representing Senate District 2 from 2009 to 2011. 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.
On December 15, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that Zinke would leave the position as Interior Secretary by the end of 2018. He left the office on January 2, 2019.
Zinke earned a B.S. in geology in 1984 at the University of Oregon. 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.
United States representative (2015–2017)
In Congress, Zinke has supported the deployment of U.S. ground troops to combat ISIL, "abandoning" the Affordable Care Act, and cutting regulations. He supported a Republican effort to repeal the estate tax.
United States Secretary of the Interior (2017–2019)
On December 13, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump picked Zinke for the position of United States Secretary of the Interior. Zinke was confirmed on March 1, 2017, becoming the first Navy SEAL to occupy a Cabinet position.
As Secretary, Zinke opened more federal lands for oil, gas and mineral exploration and extraction. Zinke's spendings as Secretary of the Interior, which included expensive flights, raised ethical questions and controversy, and were investigated by the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General. On October 30, 2018, the investigation into Zinke was referred to the Justice Department by Interior's Inspector General.
- "Ryan Zinke Announces Statewide Bus Tour". 30 April 2014. http://www.ryanzinke.com/ryan-zinke-announces-statewide-bus-tour/. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- Zinke, Ryan (2016). American Commander: Serving a Country Worth Fighting For and Training the Brave Soldiers Who Lead the Way. Thomas Nelson. p. 64. . https://books.google.com/?id=OhfxCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA64.
- Smita Nordwall (December 15, 2016). Who is Ryan Zinke?. Voice of America. http://www.voanews.com/a/zinke-trump-choice-interior-secretary-montana/3638645.html.
- Will Wadley, MT Republicans push repeal of 'Death Tax', KECI (April 15, 2015).
- Christopher Doering, Farm groups urge Senate to follow House and repeal estate tax, Great Falls Tribune (April 16, 2015).
- Juliet Eilperin, Trump taps Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as interior secretary, Washington Post (December 13, 2016).
- Vogel, Kenneth; Severns, Maggie (December 13, 2016). Trump selects Zinke as interior secretary. Washington, DC. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/ryan-zinke-interior-secretary-trump-232590. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
- Steele, Jeanette (in en-US). Zinke marks 1st Navy SEAL for Cabinet slot. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/the-intel/sd-me-20161214-story.html. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
- Killough, Ashley; Barrett, Ted (March 1, 2017). Senate approves Trump's nominee for Interior. CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/01/politics/ryan-zinke-confirmation-vote-interior-secretary/. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
- Turkewitz, Julie (April 16, 2018). "Ryan Zinke Is Opening Up Public Lands. Just Not at Home." (in en-US). The New York Times. . https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/us/ryan-zinke-montana.html. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
- "Ryan Zinke's use of charter flights under investigation by interior department". Associated Press. October 2, 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/02/ryan-zinke-charter-flights-investigation-interior-department-inspector-general.
- washingtonpost.com 1 November 2018: White House concerned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke violated federal rules
- politico.com 30 October 2018: Zinke’s heir apparent ready to step in
- Cama, Timothy; Green, Miranda (December 15, 2018). "Interior chief Zinke to leave administration". The Hill (Washington, D.C.). https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/415988-interior-secretary-ryan-zinke-steps-down. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
- Emily Holden Oliver Milman (December 15, 2018). "Embattled interior secretary Ryan Zinke steps down after series of scandals". https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/15/ryan-zinke-interior-secretary-steps-down. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
- "The Voter's Self Defense System". https://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/104073/ryan-zinke#.WIIxr4WcGUk.
- Official U.S. House website
- Campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Appearances on C-SPAN