Blog Cabin

Entries in Ryan Zinke (8)


Zinke cleared for Interior position

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke is on his way to confirmation as the new Interior Secretary, after getting the approval of a key Senate committee this week.

Zinke was tabbed several weeks ago by President Donald Trump to fill the seat, which oversees everything from the Bureau of Land Management to the National Park Service.

Tuesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee gave its endorsement to Zinke's appointment on a 16-6 vote, setting up a confirmation vote by the full Senate. 

The vote also continues to push forward Montana's plans for a special election to fill the lone House seat representing the Treasure State. 


Gianforte enters upcoming contest to replace Zinke

(HELENA)- As expected, former Gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte says he will seek the nomination to replace Congressman Ryan Zinke.

Zinke is in the running to be the Interior Secretary in President Donald Trump's cabinet, which would create a vacancy in Montana's lone Congressional seat. A U.S. Senate committee is expected to act on Zinke's nomination early next week. 

There had been speculation since Zinke's nomination was announced that Gianforte, who lost his bid to unseat incumbent Governor Steve Bullock last fall, would be interested in the GOP nomination for a special election. 

KXLH TV reports Gianforte confirmed he will seek his party's nomination in a letter to Republican leaders yesterday. 

At least nine other candidates from the major parties have also expressed an interest.


Zinke confirmation postponed

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- There's been a hold placed on Congressman Ryan Zinke's confirmation hearing as the next Interior Secretary. 

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee was scheduled for a business meeting today as the Senate continues to consider his nomination for the cabinet post in the Trump Administration. 

However, late in the evening, the committee's website posted a vote on Zinke's appointment Tuesday was being "postponed", with no additional explanation for the delay. The same was true for Governor Rick Perry's nomination as Energy Secretary. 

Montana's political leaders are watching the confirmation with interest because of the moves necessary to replace the Whitefish Republican if his confirmation is made, including a special election to fill his seat. 


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. 


Ryan to stump for Zinke re-election bid this weekend

(BILLINGS)- With just two weeks left to Election Day, GOP leaders are rallying forces hoping to ensure victory in House races like Montana.

And with Representative Ryan Zinke facing a strong challenge from Democratic challenger Denise Juneau, Republicans are turning to a heavy hitter to get the re-election message across. 

KTVQ is reporting House Speaker Paul Ryan will be campaigning for Zinke during a campaign appearance this coming weekend in Billings. The "grassroots rally" is set for 10 a.m. Sunday morning at the Corporate Air Hanger at the airport. Doors will open to the public an hour before that.