Ryan Zinke, a former Navy SEAL and trained geologist, has been offered the post of Interior secretary by President-elect Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the offer.
The 55-year-old Montana Republican was a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He has targeted energy and minerals policy as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee. Representing the eighth-largest coal-producing state, Zinke has been critical of EPA regulations compelling coal-fired power plants to either cut their emissions further or shut down completely. He also has criticized the Obama administration’s rules on royalties for fossil fuels extracted on public lands.