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Ryan K. ZinkeREPRepublican United States Representative, MT-1
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10
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MTResidence (state)

Ryan Keith Zinke (ZING-kee; born November 1, 1961) is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. representative for Montana's 1st congressional district since 2023. A member of the Republican Party, Zinke served in the Montana Senate from 2009 to 2013 and as the U.S. representative for the at-large congressional district from 2015 to 2017. He served as the United States secretary of the interior under president Donald Trump from 2017 until his resignation in 2019 following a series of ethical scandals.Zinke graduated from multiple colleges before he was a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1986 until 2008, retiring as a commander. The first SEAL to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, he formerly served as a member of 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 secretary of the interior by Trump. He was confirmed on March 1, 2017, becoming the first SEAL and the first Montanan since statehood to occupy a Cabinet position.As Secretary, Zinke opened some federal lands for oil, gas and mineral exploration and extraction. His actions as interior secretary raised ethical questions and were investigated by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General. In October 2018, the Interior's inspector general referred the investigation to the Department of Justice. On December 15, 2018, Trump announced that Zinke would leave his post as of January 2, 2019, to be replaced by his deputy, David Bernhardt.

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Campaign Funding

20
18
$50,922
Total Raised
$68,801
Total Spent
$12,983
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
General Contractors$8,150
61%
Leadership PACs$5,000
53%
Oil & Gas$4,400
33%
Air Transport$2,700
31%
Printing & Publishing$2,525
30%
Health Professionals$2,500
29%
Retired$2,362
24%
Food & Beverage$2,000
12%
Real Estate$1,000
12%
Construction Services$1,000
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education6 - 6 of 4
Whitefish High School
National University
Master of Business Administration finance
1991
University of San Diego
Master of Science
2003
University of Oregon
Bachelor of Science geology
1984
Past Positions1 - 13 of 13
Representative
United States House of Representatives, Montana
2023 - Current
Secretary
United States Department of the Interior
2017 - 2019
Representative
United States House of Representatives
2014 - 2017
Secretary of the Interior
United States of America
2016
Senator
Montana State Senate
2008 - 2012
President
Continental Divide International
2008 - 2014
Chief Executive Officer
Continental Divide International
2008 - Current
Mission Commander
SEAL Team Six, United States Navy
1985 - 2008
Director
Naval Special Warfare Technology
2006
Deputy Commander
CJSOTF-AP Special Forces, Iraq
2004
Commander
Joint Task Force, Kosovo
2001
Commander
Joint Task Force, Bosnia
1999
Ground Force Commander
Joint Special Operations Command
1996
Other Experience1 - 17 of 17
Director
Montana Firearms Institute
Current
Founder
Great Northern Veterans Peace Park
2008
President
Great Northern Veterans Peace Park
2008
Member
Nature Conservancy
1988 - Current
Member
Underwater Demolition Team/SEAL Foundation
1985 - Current
Member
Flathead Trout Unlimited
Member
National Rifle Association
Member
Rotary Club
Member
Fraternal Order of Underwater Demolition Team/SEAL
Member
Appropriations Committee, United States House of Representatives
2023 - Current
Chair
Senate Education Committee
2008
Member
Senate Finance and Claims Committee
2008
Former Member
Natural Resources Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Federal Lands, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, United States House of Representatives