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Ryan Zinke

Ryan Zinke
Member-elect of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Montana's At-large district
Taking office
January 3, 2015
Succeeding Steve Daines
Member of the Montana Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 2009 (2009-01) – January 2013 (2013-01)
Preceded by Dan Weinberg
Succeeded by Dee L. Brown
Personal details
Born (1961-11-01) November 1, 1961
Bozeman, Montana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lolita Hand
Children Wolfgang, Konrad & Jennifer
Residence Whitefish, Montana
Alma mater University of Oregon
National University
University of San Diego
Profession Consulting Firm CEO
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy SeAL United States Navy
Years of service 1985-2008
Rank Commander
Awards Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal

Ryan Zinke (born November 1, 1961) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as a member of the Montana State Senate, representing Senate District 2 from 2009 to 2011.[1] He is the Republican congressman-elect for Montana's at-large congressional district having won in the 2014 election.

Military Career

Zinke served as a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1985 to 2008, retiring at the rank of Commander. During his career as a SEAL, he served as a member of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group from 1990-1993 and again from 1996-1999.[2] He was awarded two Bronze Stars for combat and four Meritorious Service Medals.[3][4]


He received a BS from the University of Oregon, an MBA from National University, and an MS from the University of San Diego.[5]

Political Career

Zinke served in the Montana Senate from 2009 to 2011, representing Whitefish, Montana.

He was the running mate of Montana gubernatorial candidate Neil Livingstone in the 2012 election.[6] The Livingstone/Zinke ticket finished fifth out of seven in the Republican primary with 12,038 votes (8.8% of the vote).

In July 2012, Zinke created a super PAC to oppose President Barack Obama's re-election. Zinke stated that the PAC would be a conduit to channel special operations forces frustration with the president, as special operations forces operators are limited in terms of their ability to criticize their civilian commanders.[7] Zinke's involvement with the Super PAC he created before it became a leading supporter of his campaign was criticized by Paul S. Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center, who said that kind of action could lead to "the campaign-contribution limits being completely eviscerated." [8]

In spring of 2014, Zinke announced that he was running for Montana's at-large congressional district, held by Republican Steve Daines, who was running for the U.S. Senate.[9] who announced an intention to run for a United States Senate seat. Zinke won the Republican primary with 43,766 votes (33.25%) and faced DemocratJohn Lewis, a former State Director for U.S. Senator Max Baucus, in the general election.

During a campaign stop Zinke said the United States should focus on the "real enemy," referring to Hillary Clinton as the "Antichrist."[10] He later said his comment was "perhaps a little harsh," but "I had two friends in Benghazi and the truth does matter."[11]

Zinke was elected to congress on November 4, 2014 with 56% of the vote and over 200,000 total votes.


Zinke is married to Lolita (née Hand).[3] They have three children; Jennifer, Wolfgang, and Konrad.


  1. ^ Montana Legislature. "RYAN ZINKE (R)". Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ New York Times (2011). In Bin Laden's Compound, Seals' All-Star Team. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  3. ^ a b GOPAC. "Candidate Spotlight:Ryan Zinke". Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Charles S. (2008-02-01). "Zinke releases some Navy records on SEAL career; Dems seek more". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Sen. Ryan Zinke (R-MT 2nd District)". Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Charles S. (July 10, 2011). "Livingstone taps Zinke as running mate".  
  7. ^ "Navy Seal Pac". 
  8. ^ "US House candidate Zinke reaps benefits of super PAC he founded". 
  9. ^ "Ryan Zinke Announces Statewide Bus Tour". 30 April 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Weisman, Jonathan (September 28, 2014). "House Hopefuls in G.O.P. Seek Rightward Shift".  
  11. ^ Mann, Jim (February 3, 2014). "Candidate's comment draws national attention". Daily Inter Lake. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Ryan Zinke at DMOZ
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