Montana Congressional candidate takes first step in NRCC’s ‘Young Guns’ program
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced that Ryan Zinke has been elevated to ‘On the Radar’ in the NRCC’s ‘Young Guns’ program. The program will help to provide candidates and their campaigns the tools they need to run effective, successful and winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents. Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program supports and mentors challenger and open-seat candidates in races across the country. Zinke is running in the Congressional District of Montana.
“I am confident that Ryan Zinke will be a successful and dedicated member of this program and that he will continue to work hard to reach the crucial campaign benchmarks that have been established ahead of the 2014 elections,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden. “Ryan’s conservative principles and priorities provide a stark contrast to Barack Obama’s irresponsible agenda. Montana’s hardworking families deserve better than skyrocketing health care costs, financial instability and mountains of debt on their backs. I am certain that Ryan Zinke will be a strong contender this election cycle.”
Ryan Zinke is a third generation Montanan with deep family roots across the state. After graduating from Whitefish High School, he attended the University of Oregon where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geology. Ryan’s military career began in 1985 when he graduated from Officer Candidate School and attended SEAL training (class 136). He was then assigned to SEAL Team ONE in Coronado, CA where he led counter-insurgency and contingency operations in the Persian Gulf and the Pacific theater of operations. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service.
In 2008, Ryan was elected to a single term in the Montana State Senate and served in the 2009 and 2011 legislative sessions. Currently, Ryan is a CEO for a consulting firm that advances technology in the industries of aerospace, oil and gas, and national security.
(Reprinted with permission from the NRCC)
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