Secretary Ryan Zinke is an American politician and businessman who is the 52nd United States Secretary of the Interior, serving in the Trump administration. Zinke served as the U.S. representative for Montana's at-large congressional district from 2015 until 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 B.S. degree in geology. He also has an M.B.A. and an M.S. 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 U.S. 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 ISIL and opposed the Affordable Care Act, various environmental regulations, and the transfer of federal lands to individual states.
Then President-elect Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Zinke for the position of United States Secretary of the Interior on December 13, 2016. Zinke was confirmed on March 1, 2017, becoming the first Navy SEAL and the first Montanan since statehood to occupy a Cabinet position. Potential violations of the Hatch Act have caused controversy during Zinke’s tenure as Secretary of the Interior.