|Member of the Montana Senate
from the 2nd district
January 2009 – January 2013
|Preceded by||Dan Weinberg|
|Succeeded by||Dee L. Brown|
|Born||November 1961 (age 52)
|Children||Wolfgang, Konrad & Jennifer|
|Alma mater||University of Oregon
University of San Diego
|Profession||Consulting Firm CEO|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1985-2008|
Ryan Zinke (born November 1, 1961) is a former Republican member of the Montana Senate. He was elected to Senate District 2, representing Whitefish, Montana, and served in the 2009 and 2011 legislative sessions. Zinke served as a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1985 to 2008, retiring with the rank of Commander. During his career as a SEAL, he served as a member of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group from 1990-1993 and again from 1996-1999. He was awarded two Bronze Stars for meritorious service. He received a BS from the University of Oregon, an MBA from National University, and an MS from the University of San Diego.
In July 2012 Zinke created a super PAC to oppose president Obama's reelection. Zinke stated that the PAC would be a conduit to channel special operations forces frustration with the president, as special operations forces operators are limited in terms of their ability to criticize their civilian commanders. Zinke's involvement with the Super PAC he created before it became a leading supporter of his campaign was criticized by Paul Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center, who said that kind of action could lead to "the campaign-contribution limits being completely eviscerated." 
Zinke is married to Lolita (née Hand).
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