2018 OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MONTANA PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION
Third, the security argument for American energy production is
personal for me. As a Navy SEAL Commander, I spent time in the
Middle East. I understand how important energy security is to our
children and future generations of Americans. Montana is playing
an important role in strengthening our Nation’s energy dominance,
for the benefit of Americans both now and in the future. A policy of
American energy dominance is a necessary component of an America
First agenda, and President Trump is putting America first.
For our economy, for our environment, and for our security, investing
in America’s energy resources is an investment in the United
States. Under President Trump, America is open for business.
Ryan Zinke was sworn in as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior on
March 1, 2017.
A fifth-generation Montanan and former U.S. Navy SEAL Commander,
Ryan Zinke built one of the strongest track records in the 114th
Congress on championing sportsmen’s access, conservation, regulatory
relief, forest management, responsible energy development, and smart
management of federal lands.
“As a former Navy SEAL, Ryan has incredible leadership skills and
an attitude of doing whatever it takes to win,” President Donald Trump
said in nominating the former congressman, who built an impressive
portfolio on Interior issues ranging from federal mineral leases to tribal
affairs to public lands conservation.
Growing up in a logging and rail town near Glacier National Park,
Ryan has had a lifelong appreciation for conserving America’s natural
beauty while honoring Teddy Roosevelt’s vision of multiple-use on
our public lands. He has consistently led the efforts to renew the Land
and Water Conservation Fund in Congress and has also been a firm
advocate for our nation’s sportsmen to gain access to our public lands
with the SCORE Act and SHARE Act. Zinke also coauthored the Resilient
Federal Forest Act, which initiated new reforms for revitalizing
America’s timber towns and preventing wildfires by emphasizing the
Zinke is widely praised for his voting record supporting the Teddy
Roosevelt philosophy of managing public lands, which calls for multiple
use to include economic, recreation and conservation. He has
pledged to explore every possibility for safely and responsibly repealing
bad regulations and using public natural resources to create jobs and
wealth for the American people.
“I am honored and humbled to serve Montana and America as Secretary
of the Interior,” Zinke said. “I shall faithfully uphold Teddy Roosevelt’s
belief that our treasured public lands are ‘for the benefit and
enjoyment of the people’. I will work tirelessly to ensure our public lands
are managed and preserved in a way that benefits everyone for generations
to come. Most importantly, our sovereign Indian Nations and territories
must have the respect and freedom they deserve. I look forward
to making the Department of the Interior and America great again.”
As Secretary of the Interior, Zinke leads an agency with more than
70,000 employees who are stewards for 20 percent of the nation’s lands,
including national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges and other public
lands. The department oversees the responsible development of conventional
and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the
largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and
upholds trust responsibilities to the 567 federally recognized American
Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.
Ryan Zinke represented the state of Montana in the U.S. House of
Representatives since 2014. Before that he served in the Montana State
Senate from 2009 to 2011, but the bulk of his public service was 23
years as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer.
Zinke was commissioned as an officer in the Navy in 1985 and was
soon selected to join the elite force where he would build an honorable
career until his retirement in 2008. He retired with the rank of Commander
after leading SEAL operations across the globe, including as the
Deputy and Acting Commander of Joint Special Forces in Iraq and two
tours at SEAL Team Six. Zinke was the first Navy SEAL elected to the
U.S. House and is the first SEAL to serve as a cabinet secretary.
Zinke holds a Geology degree from the University of Oregon, where
he was an All-PAC 10 football player; a Master’s degree in Business Finance
from National University; and a Master’s degree in Global Leadership
from the University of San Diego. He and his wife Lolita (Lola)
have three children and two granddaughters. Zinke is proud to be an
adopted member of the Assiniboine Sioux Tribe at the Fort Peck Reservation
in Northeast Montana.
(SOURCE: Department of the Interior)
America is Open for Business CONTINUEd
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