|U.S. House, Montana, At-Large District|
|January 3, 2015 - Present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Steve Daines (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Montana State Senate District 2|
|2009 - 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Oregon, 1984|
|Master's||National University, 1991|
University of San Diego, 2004
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Date of birth||November 1, 1961|
|Place of birth||Bozeman, MT|
Zinke earned his B.S. in geology from the University of Oregon in 1984. He went on to receive his MBA in finance from the National University in 1991. He then earned his M.S. in global leadership from the University of San Diego in 2004.
Zinke was Mission Commander for SEAL Team Six in 1992. He was then Ground Force Commander for Joint Special Operations Command in 1996. He was also a Commander in a Joint Task Force in Bosnia and Kosovo in 1999 and 2001 respectively. In 2003 he was an Executive Officer at a SEAL Training Center. Zinke was Deputy Commander of CJSOTF-AP Special Forces in Iraq in 2004. In 2006 he was Director of Naval Special Warfare Technology. He then worked as President/CEO of CDI in 2008. He was also President of Great Northern Peace Park Foundation in 2008.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Zinke's academic, professional and political career:
- 1984: Graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S.
- 1985-2008: United States Navy
- 1991: Graduated from National University in San Diego with a M.B.A.
- 2003: Graduated from the University of San Diego with a M.S.
- 2009-2012: Senator, Montana State Senate
- 2015-Present: U.S. House Representative, Montana's At-Large Congressional District
Montana State Senate
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Zinke served on these committees:
- Education and Cultural Resources, Chair
- Finance and Claims
- Highways and Transportation
- Joint Committee on Judicial Branch, Law Enforcement, and Justice, Vice Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Zinke served on these committees:
- Education and Cultural Resources Committee, Montana Senate
- Finance and Claims Committee, Montana Senate
- Highways and Transportation Committee, Montana Senate
The Montana Democratic Party asked that Zinke release all of his military records from his service as a Navy SEAL. The records, some of which can be found here, highlighted Zinke's extensive awards, praise from superior officers and medical evaluations after injury. The Democratic Party blamed Zinke for redacting key information, and asked specifically for Zinke to release any letters of reprimand that he had received. Zinke explained that at one point in his military career, he had used $211 of Navy money to buy a plane ticket in order to "scout out potential SEAL training sites in Montana," and he was later asked to pay the money back. However, Zinke said that the Navy never issued a letter of reprimand over the money, and he paid it back.
In 2014, Zinke won election to the U.S. House to represent Montana's At-Large District. Zinke won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. He defeated John Lewis (D) and Mike Fellows (Libertarian) in the general election on November 4, 2014.
|U.S. House, Montana's At-Large District General Election, 2014|
|Source: Montana Secretary of State|
|U.S. House, Montana's At-Large District Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: Montana Secretary of State - Official Primary Results|
Zinke sought the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Montana. He and his running mate, Neil Livingstone, finished fifth in a field of seven pairs of candidates in the primary election on June 5, 2012.
|Montana State Senate, District 2 (2008)|
|Ryan Zinke (R)||5,498|
|Brittany MacLean (D)||4,571|
|Ryan Zinke (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$0.00||$447,610.40||$(102,714.91)||$344,895.49|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$344,895.49||$460,260.12||$(381,381.18)||$423,774.43|
|Pre-Primary||July 22, 2014||$423,774.43||$290,759.59||$(563,834.25)||$150,699.77|
|July Quarterly||October 21, 2014||$150,699.77||$405,657.76||$(459,051.32)||$97,306.21|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$97,306.21||$1,930,612.90||$(1,537,128.32)||$490,790.79|
|Pre-General||October 23, 2014||$490,790.79||$447,692.12||$(318,436.66)||$620,046.25|
In 2008, Zinke collected $40,125 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
Zinke and his wife, Lolita Charlotte, have three children.
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- United States House of Representatives
- Montana's At-Large Congressional District elections, 2014
- Montana's At-Large Congressional District
- Official U.S. House website
- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008
- Montana Secretary of State, "Unofficial results: June 5, 2012," accessed June 6, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Ryan Zinke," accessed January 28, 2015
- The Billings Gazette, "Ryan Zinke documents," accessed August 12, 2014
- The Billings Gazette, "Zinke releases some Navy records on SEAL career; Dems seek more," accessed August 12, 2014
- YouTube, "The Right Conservative for Montana," accessed April 29, 2014
- Montana Secretary of State, "2008 General Election Results," accessed June 4, 2010
- Federal Election Commission, "Ryan Zinke Summary Report," accessed April 29, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Ryan Zinke Year-End," accessed April 29, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Ryan Zinke April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Ryan Zinke Pre-Primary," accessed November 3, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Ryan Zinke July Quarterly," accessed November 3, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Ryan Zinke October Quarterly," accessed November 3, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Ryan Zinke Pre-General," accessed November 3, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to Ryan Zinke," accessed June 10, 2010
Steve Daines (R)
|U.S. House of Representatives - Montana At-Large District
| Succeeded by|
|Montana Senate District 2
| Succeeded by|
Dee Brown (R)