Executive Branch

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Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior

Ryan Keith Zinke was born in November 1961in Bozeman, Montana. He was recruited from high school football to the University of Oregon. He earned a B.A. from National University and a M.S. in global leadership from the University of San Diego.

Zinke joined the U.S. Navy and served as a SEAL, rising to the rank of commander. He served with the combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula and in Iraq. He was selected to establish the Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command, serving as “dean” of the graduate school until his retirement from active duty in 2008.

He formed a property management and business development consulting company with other family members.

Zinke was elected to the Montana Senate, where he served one term. He would later serve one term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana’s at-large district until his appointment by President Donald Trump to be Secretary of the Interior. After confirmation by the Senate, Zinke assumed office on March 1, 2017.

He is married to Lolita Hand and has three adult children. Zinke is a Lutheran.


According to reports in multiple news outlets, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended in a draft document that four national monuments be shrunk and that rules for usage be altered at those four and six others. Zinke was asked to review 27 national monuments back in April.

The four monuments to be sized down, although the draft memo does not reportedly say by how much, are Nevada’s Gold Butte, Oregon’s Cascade-Siskyou, Utah’s Bears Ears, and Grand Staircase Escalante. The rules for management include allowing “traditional uses” forbidden in the proclamations made by President Obama and other recent presidents in designing the monuments.

The documents are reportedly still under review by the president and other relevant agencies.