|Montana State Senate District 2|
|2009 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||8 years in any 16-year period|
|Bachelor's||University of Oregon, 1984|
|Master's||National University, 1991|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Birthday||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.
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.
Zinke is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Montana's At-Large District. Zinke won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
|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 5th in a field of seven pairs of candidates in the June 5th primary election.
|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|
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
- United States House of Representatives elections in Montana, 2014
- Montana's At-Large Congressional District
- Ryan Zinke's official Montana State Senate 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
- 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
- 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
- 2008 contributions to Ryan Zinke
|Montana Senate District 2
| Succeeded by|
Dee Brown (R)