Secretary Ryan Zinke
Secretary of the Interior
Secretary Ryan Zinke is the 52nd United States Secretary of the Interior. Secretary 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. 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, Secretary 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. Secretary Zinke was confirmed on March 1, 2017, becoming the first Navy SEAL and the first Montanan since statehood to occupy a Cabinet position.