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Ryan Zinke
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52nd United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
March 1, 2017 – January 2, 2019
President Donald Trump
Deputy David Bernhardt
Preceded by Sally Jewell
Succeeded by David Bernhardt
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 3, 2009 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Dan Weinberg
Succeeded by Dee L. Brown
Personal details
Born
Ryan Keith Zinke

November 1, 1961 (1961-11-01) (age 58)
Bozeman, Montana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
Lolita Hand (m. 1992)
Children 3
Education University of Oregon (BS)
National University (MBA)
University of San Diego (MS)
Net worth $800,000 (2016)
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Navy
Years of service 1986–2008
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Commander
Unit Logo Naval Special Warfare Development Group.svg SEAL Team Six
SEAL Team One
NSWU-2
Naval Special Warfare Center
Awards Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star (2)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal (4)
Joint Service Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal (2)
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal

Ryan Keith Zinke (/ˈzɪŋki/; born November 1, 1961) is an American politician and businessman who served as United States Secretary of the Interior in the Trump Administration from 2017 until his resignation in 2019. He previously served as the U.S. Representative for Montana's at-large congressional district from 2015 to 2017. From 2009 to 2013, he served as a member of the Montana Senate, representing the 2nd district.

Zinke played college football at the University of Oregon and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology. He also has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in global leadership. He was a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1986 until 2008, retiring with the rank of commander. The first Navy SEAL to be elected to the United States House of Representatives, Zinke formerly served as a member on the Natural Resources Committee and the Armed Services Committee. As a member of Congress, Zinke supported the use of ground troops in the Middle East to combat ISIS and opposed the Affordable Care Act, various environmental regulations, and the transfer of federal lands to individual states.

Zinke was appointed as United States Secretary of the Interior by President Donald Trump. Zinke was confirmed on March 1, 2017, becoming the first Navy SEAL and the first Montanan since statehood to occupy a Cabinet position.

As Secretary, Zinke opened more federal lands for oil, gas and mineral exploration and extraction. Zinke's expenditures 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. His ethical troubles were the subject of a PBS News Hour report on October 19, 2018. On October 30, 2018, the investigation into Zinke was referred to the Justice Department by Interior's Inspector General. Trump announced on December 15, 2018, that Zinke would leave his post on January 2, 2019, to be replaced by his deputy David Bernhardt.

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