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Senate Confirms Zinke to Lead Interior Department

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.

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