One day after President Trump addressed Congress and urged lawmakers from both parties to work together, the Senate displayed some bipartisanship and voted Wednesday to confirm Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) as the next secretary of the Department of Interior (DOI).
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 68-31 for the confirmation.
Zinke was first elected to the House in 2014 and won a re-election bid this year. He was elected by his GOP colleagues to serve on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. He has been a supporter of the Keystone XL pipeline and voiced opposition to some of the regulations imposed on the oil and gas industry.
On the other hand, Zinke also has been a strong protector of public lands in the West.
Zinke earned a degree in geology from the University of Oregon in 1984 and joined the military two years later. He retired as a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in 2008.
In January, Zinke’s nomination passed the muster of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on a 16-6 vote.