|Born||November 1961 (age 52)
Bozeman, Montana, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Oregon
University of San Diego
Ryan Zinke (born November 1, 1961) is a Republican member of the Montana Senate since 2009. He was elected to Senate District 2, representing Whitefish, Montana, in 2009 and 2011. 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 (also known as DEVGRU). He was awarded two Bronze Stars for active combat duty. He received a BS from the University of Oregon, an MBA from National University, and an MS from the University of San Diego.
In the fall of 2013, an interview given by Zinke became a rallying point for an underground internet community advocating the violent overthrow and execution of President Barack Obama by a cadre of retired military officers.
Zinke is married to Lolita (née Hand). The Zinkes have three children: Jennifer, Wolfgang and Konrad. In July 2012 Mr. Zinke created a super PAC to oppose president Obama's reelection. Mr. Zinke stated that the PAC would be a conduit to channel special forces frustration with the president, as special forces operators are limited in terms of their ability to criticize their civilian commanders.
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