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Zinke formally offered Interior Secretary post

(NEW YORK)- President-elect Donald Trump is formally announcing his nomination of freshman Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as the country's next Secretary of the Interior.

The formal announcement came this morning, a couple of days after sources on the Trump transition team had suggested Trump was going to pick the Whitefish Republican for the key post. 

Zinke's spokeswoman Heather Swift tweeted that the first term Congressman was saying "yes" to the offer. 

If confirmed by the Senate, the move would place Zinke at the head of one of the most important jobs in the country, with responsibilty over agencies like the National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  

Zinke just won re-election to a second term last month with a decisive win over Democratic challenger Denise Juneau. News of the nomination has already prompted both Republicans and Democrats to start sorting through names for a replacement to be selected through a special election called by the Governor early next year. 

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