32 Facts About Ryan Zinke

1. Ryan Zinke met with lobbyists and business executives on a number of occasions.

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2. In 2017, Ryan Zinke gave a speech to the National Petroleum Council which said that one-third of Interior Department employees were disloyal to Trump and that "I got 30 percent of the crew that's not loyal to the flag.

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3. In 2017, Ryan Zinke took steps to unwind a 2015 plan that protected the greater sage-grouse.

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4. In December 2017, Politico reported that Ryan Zinke had booked government helicopters for more than $14,000 to travel in June and July 2017.

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5. Ryan Zinke recommended changes to the management of six other national monuments.

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6. In June 2017, Ryan Zinke recommended that Bears Ears National Monument boundaries be scaled back.

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7. Ryan Zinke was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence on the same day.

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8. Ryan Zinke was named as then-President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for United States Secretary of the Interior on December 13, 2016.

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9. In 2010, while in the state Senate, Ryan Zinke was one of nearly 1,200 state legislators who signed a letter to President Obama and Congress calling for "comprehensive clean energy jobs and climate change legislation.

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10. Ryan Zinke has shifted on the issue of climate change over time.

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11. Ryan Zinke received a 4 percent lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters.

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12. Ryan Zinke supported a Republican effort to repeal the estate tax.

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13. Ryan Zinke said on the radio show that he was not sure whether Obama was a foreign citizen and called on Obama to release his college transcripts.

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14. In 2013, Ryan Zinke hosted a radio show in which he engaged with and promoted fringe conspiratorial views, including birtherism.

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15. In 2012, Ryan Zinke founded the super PAC Special Operations for America to support Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in the 2012 election.

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16. Ryan Zinke was the running mate of Montana gubernatorial candidate Neil Livingstone in the 2012 election.

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17. Ryan Zinke was selected as chair of the Senate Education Committee and promoted technology in the classroom, rural access to education and local control over schools.

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18. Ryan Zinke was elected to the Montana Senate in 2008, serving from 2009 to 2013, representing the city of Whitefish.

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19. In November 2014, Ryan Zinke announced that he would pass Continental Divide to his family while remaining in an advisory role.

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20. Ryan Zinke served on the board of the oil pipeline company QS Energy from 2012 to 2015.

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21. In 2005, Ryan Zinke formed Continental Divide International, a property management and business development consulting company.

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22. From 1999 to 2001, Ryan Zinke served as executive officer for the Naval Special Warfare Unit Two and then as executive officer, Naval Special Warfare Center from 2001 to 2004.

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23. Ryan Zinke served as a US Navy SEAL from 1986 to 2008, retiring at the rank of commander.

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24. Ryan Zinke was a star athlete at Whitefish High School and accepted a football scholarship to the University of Oregon in Eugene; recruited as an outside linebacker, he switched to offense and was an undersized starting center for the Ducks of the Pac-10 under head coach Rich Brooks.

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25. Ryan Zinke was a Boy Scout and earned his Eagle Scout award.

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26. Ryan Zinke is the son of Jean Montana Petersen and Ray Dale Zinke, a plumber.

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27. Ryan Zinke was born in Bozeman, Montana, and raised in Whitefish.

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28. On October 30, 2018, the investigation into Ryan Zinke was referred to the Justice Department by Interior's Inspector General.

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29. Ryan Zinke was confirmed on March 1, 2017, becoming the first Navy SEAL and the first Montanan since statehood to occupy a Cabinet position.

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30. Ryan Zinke was a US Navy SEAL from 1986 until 2008, retiring with the rank of commander.

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31. Ryan Zinke has an Master of Business Administration and an Master of Science in global leadership.

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32. Ryan Zinke previously served as the US Representative for Montana's at-large congressional district from 2015 to 2017.

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