House Armed Services Committee

Trump Officially Taps Zinke for Interior Secretary
One-term Montana congressman is retired Navy SEAL

In making his announcement of Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke to serve as Interior secretary, President-elect Donald Trump touted his focus on energy and minerals policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, a geologist and former Navy SEAL, is President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of the Interior, the transition team announced Thursday. 

Zinke, 55, retired as a Navy commander in 2008 after more than two decades in the service, and was elected to Congress in 2014 to represent Montana's at-large district. He is a member of the Committees on Armed Services and Natural Resources.