WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 01, 2017 – Today the United States Senate confirmed Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana to serve as the Secretary of the Interior. With a bipartisan vote of 68 to 31, Zinke will serve as the 52nd Secretary for the department in charge of managing and conserving public land and natural resources in the United States.
Chairman Gosar said, “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Secretary Zinke at the Department of the Interior as we have here in Congress. His commitment to cooperation with state and local stakeholders will serve our nation well, and I am confident that we will benefit greatly from his lack of concern for partisan politics as well as his steadfast dedication to what is best for our country and our public lands. I couldn’t be happier to have a Western Constitutional conservative in this important position.”
“Mr. Zinke is a proven leader who understands the complicated overlay of federal policy impacting Western states. As an advocate for the West with a strong record on issues related to private water rights, forest management and energy production, I believe he is well-suited for this role,” said Congressman Tipton.
Congressman Young said, “Under the previous administration, the Department of Interior became a bureaucratic nightmare, dead set on restricting access to all federal lands. I’m confident under the leadership of Secretary Zinke we can begin making the changes necessary to restore a level of confidence and certainty within the Department of Interior and begin meeting the needs of the Alaskan and American people.”
Congressman Bishop remarked, “Secretary Zinke is prepared to lead the Department of the Interior in a new and better direction, and I congratulate him on his confirmation. In collaboration with our state, tribal and local partners, I look forward to working with Secretary Zinke in the months ahead.”
“I am delighted the Senate has confirmed Congressman Ryan Zinke as our next Secretary of the Interior. Congressman Zinke is a dedicated public servant and truly understands the issues important to communities and families across the West. I was proud to serve with Representative Zinke in Congress, and on the House Natural Resources Committee, and I am confident he will continue to be an outspoken advocate for maintaining our federal lands, protecting public access, and ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to experience these national treasures,” said Congressman Newhouse. “Secretary Zinke will bring a strong record of leadership to the Interior Department and I look forward to working with the Secretary to advance western priorities in the months and years ahead.”
Ryan Zinke Background
Prior to his confirmation, Ryan Zinke served the people of Montana as their sole Representative in the United States House. Ryan is a fifth generation Montanan, former State Senator and a 23-year U.S. Navy SEAL veteran. In 2014, Ryan became the first Navy SEAL elected to the House. In Congress, he served on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Zinke is a Constitutional conservative who believes in the vision the forefathers laid out which separates powers between the three branches and ensures the sovereignty of our states. As a Navy SEAL, State Senator and Member of Congress, Zinke swore an oath to defend the Constitution. His decisions are based on upholding the Constitution and doing what is right for Montana and America.
(Courtesy of Zinke.house.gov)
Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. (AZ-04)
Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03)
Rep. Don Young (AK-At Large)
Rob Bishop (UT-01)
Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-04)
And Western Caucus members:
Rep. Kevin Cramer (ND-At Large)
Rep. Paul Cook (CA-08)
Rep. Jody Hice (GA-10)
Rep. Ralph Abraham (LA-05)
Rep. Kristi Noem (SD-At Large)