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With a focus on giving back to the community, state and country that blessed him with so much, Ryan Zinke serves Montana as their sole Representative in the United States House. Whether it's improving services at the VA, reforming management of federal lands, or preserving the future of family farming and ranching, Ryan uses his strong Montana values to make government work and deliver results for the people of Montana.Learn More
With a focus on giving back to the community, state and country that blessed him with so much, Ryan Zinke serves Montana as their sole Representative in the United States House. Whether it's improving services at the VA, reforming management of federal lands, or preserving the future of family farming and ranching, Ryan uses his strong Montana values to make government work and deliver results for the people of Montana. As a Navy SEAL, State Senator and now Congressman, Ryan took the same oath to defend the Constitution of the United States, and he takes that oath seriously.
A fifth generation Montanan
Ryan is a fifth generation Montanan with deep family roots in Bozeman, Glasgow, Glendive, Whitefish, and
Richey. As a child, Ryan was very close to his grandmother, a one-room schoolhouse teacher from Richey, and
learned the importance of hard work, faith, family, honesty and personal responsibility from her at a young
Growing up at the gateway to Glacier National Park, Ryan's love and appreciation for Montana's outdoor heritage began early and still continues to grow to this day. Spending as much time as he could outside as a kid growing up in the heart of northwest Montana, Ryan was a multiple sport, all-state standout, a Whitefish High School Football Hall of Fame inductee, and 1979 Montana Boys State participant.
After graduating high school, Ryan attended the University of Oregon on an athletic scholarship, played four years for the Oregon Ducks football team, and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Geology. As a four-year letterman, he received numerous awards including All-Pacific TEN honors and the prestigious Emerald Cup for academic, athletic and leadership excellence. Ryan also holds a Masters in Business Finance and a Masters in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego.
Ryan met the love of his life, the former Lolita Hand, when he was an officer in the Navy SEALs and Lola was working as the local bi-lingual public defender. Ryan and Lola have three children: two boys, Wolfgang and Konrad, and a daughter Jennifer, who is a former U.S. Navy Diver and whose husband is a Navy SEAL. They are also the proud grandparents to two wonderful granddaughters. Ryan is the author of the upcoming book, American Commander, which he wrote with New York Times Bestselling Author of American Sniper, Scott McEwen.
Service to our country
Driven by a strong passion for service to his country, Ryan joined the U.S. Navy. Ryan's distinguished
military career began in 1985 when he graduated from Officer Candidate School and attended SEAL training
(BUDS class 136). He was first assigned to SEAL Team ONE in Coronado, CA, then was later selected for SEAL
Team SIX where he was a Team Leader, Ground Force Commander, Task Force Commander and Current Operations
Officer in support of National Command Authority missions.
After over a decade of exemplary service, Ryan was assigned as Deputy and Acting Commander of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM where he led a force of over 3,500 Special Operations personnel in Iraq. In 2006 he was awarded two Bronze Stars for combat.
Ryan also served as the Special Operations Officer in Europe, and served as the SEAL Commander of Joint Task Force TWO in support of Special Operations missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo. Ryan's final Naval assignment was establishing the Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command where he served as "Dean" of the Naval Special Warfare graduate school. He retired from active duty 2008 after serving 23 years as a US Navy SEAL.
Ryan's second service
Motivated by the idea of improving U.S. military policy abroad, strengthening the livelihoods of all
Montanans, and passing down a brighter future to the next generation, Ryan decided to bring his public
service to the next level and run for Congress in 2014. Ryan was elected by a 15-point margin, winning the
support of Montanans from all walks of life, united by the common goal of Less Politics, More Leadership.
Ryan was sworn in to the House of Representatives on January 6, 2015 and became the first Navy SEAL in the House. As a Navy SEAL, State Senator and Congressman, Ryan took the same oath to defend the Constitution of the United States, and takes that oath seriously. He was selected to sit on the Natural Resources Committee and Armed Services Committee.
As the only veteran in Montana's Congressional Delegation, Ryan is a steadfast advocate for Montana veterans and military personnel and families. In just a few short months, Ryan has also made his mark on Congress as a staunch defender of Montana public lands and as a strong advocate for American energy independence.
Before being elected to Congress, Ryan served in the Montana State Senate. Ryan's colleagues recognized his experience and leadership, he was selected to chair the Senate Education Committee where he made important advancements in advancing technology in the classroom, rural access to education and enhancing local control over local schools. He also served on the Senate Finance and Claims Committee.
Outdoor Industry Association Endorses Ryan Zinke’s Re-Election to Congress “Montana is fortunate to have a representative like Ryan Zinke in Congress,” K.C. Walsh, president and owner of Bozeman-based Simms Fishing Products (MISSOULA, MT) August 15, 2016 – Today, the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and Montana outdoor recreation businesses announced the endorsement of first-term Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke’s reelection to […] Read more...Date Posted: August 2, 2016
When I was commanding men and women on the battlefield, I never asked what their religious affiliation was. It didn’t matter in war. What matters is the individual next to you is patriotic, capable, and willing to put their life on the line for their country and their unit. Every soldier, sailor, airman, marine, or […] Read more...Date Posted: August 1, 2016
Historic Debate Schedule Announced for Montana’s U.S. House Race Zinke excited for four debates, two east of Billings, two on Reservations (GREAT FALLS, MT) August 1, 2016 — The campaigns of Rep. Ryan Zinke and State Superintendent Denise Juneau are pleased to announce that the candidates have agreed to at least a series of four debates statewide with Montana media partners. […] Read more...Date Posted: July 27, 2016
Denise Juneau Voted to Sell Thousands of Acres of Public Lands Juneau also voted to transfer nearly 10,000 Acres of Wildlife Management Areas and Cultural Areas (MISSOULA, MT) July 27, 2016 — In the wake of being caught launching false attacks against Congressman Ryan Zinke’s record on public lands, Denise Juneau is now being exposed as a hypocrite and […] Read more...Read All News
The economy is improving, but not fast enough. The labor participation rate is the lowest it’s been in generations because people have simply given up looking for a job. Meanwhile, families are forced to struggle with stagnant wages while the cost of living just keeps going up.
Ryan believes America is exceptional and our economy is strongest when Washington stops meddling with our livelihoods and lets us innovate and create jobs.
Ryan introduced the Resilient Federal Forests Act to revitalize timber communities and help prevent catastrophic wildfires – it was the first forest reform to pass the House in a decade. He is constantly working to rein in regulations on our natural resources, by introducing legislation like the Certainty for States and Tribes Act which will give tribal and local governments more of a say in how we manage our coal, oil, and natural gas. And he voted for permanent tax relief for farmers, ranchers and small businesses by voting for Section 179 tax credits and the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit.
Ryan is committed to growing our local economies and moving Montana and America forward.
Ryan is a decorated veteran, having spent 23 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL. He believes in peace through strength and that America has a responsibility to assist our allies in times of need and carry out humanitarian aid missions.
Montana is one of the leading states in the nation with nearly 1 in 10 of us serving in the military. Being the only veteran in Montana’s Congressional delegation, Ryan knows how important it is to fully fund our military, provide for our troops and honor our promises to our veterans. That’s why Ryan has continually advocated for giving our troops a pay raise and improving care at the VA and for veterans who live more than 40 miles away from the closest VA facility.
“There are some things that are not negotiable: Faith, Family, the Constitution… and you better add guns and public land if you’re a Montanan.” – Ryan Zinke
Ryan is a fifth-generation Montanan who grew up right outside Glacier National Park. Whether it’s voting against provisions to sell or transfer public lands, defending our right to bear arms or ensuring mixed use of our beautiful public lands, Ryan knows that it’s our core Montana values that make Montana the Last Best Place.
Ryan’s love and appreciation for Montana’s outdoor heritage began early and still continues to grow to this day. Ryan is one of the most outspoken advocates for better federal management of public lands and continues to introduce and support bipartisan legislation to ensure Montana’s tradition of public access and multiple use. Ryan also bucked party leadership to vote against a GOP budget that would transfer public land, and he has continually led the bipartisan effort to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In 2015, he was critical in getting the program reauthorized for three years. Ryan also helped introduce the SCORE Act and SHARE Act; both of these bills expanded and protected sportsmen’s access to our public lands.
Ryan is a staunch advocate of our right to bear arms. He believes our Second Amendment rights protect all the others. Ryan fully supports the rights of lawful gun and ammo ownership and he will not tolerate anyone trying to take that away through Congressional or Executive action. The last thing our government should be doing is meddling in Montanans’ Constitutional right to protect themselves, their families and their property.
Ryan Zinke is a Constitutional conservative who believes in our forefathers’ vision which laid out separate but equal powers between our three branches of government and ensures the sovereignty of our states. As a Navy SEAL, State Senator and now a Member of Congress, Ryan swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. His decisions are based on upholding the Constitution and doing what is right for Montana and America.
If you believe America's best days are ahead of us and share a passion for moving Montana forward with more leadership and less politics, sign up to join our campaign. Whether you're knocking on doors, volunteering at events, or just talking with your neighbors about the issues facing our state and nation, your help goes a long way.