Ryan Zinke

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Ryan Zinke
Member of the Montana Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 2009 (2009-01) – January 2013 (2013-01)
Preceded by Dan Weinberg
Succeeded by Dee L. Brown
Personal details
Born November 1961 (age 52)
Bozeman, Montana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lolita Hand
Children Wolfgang, Konrad & Jennifer
Residence Whitefish, Montana
Alma mater University of Oregon
National University
University of San Diego
Profession Consulting Firm CEO
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy seal United States Navy
Years of service 1985-2008
Unit Naval Special Warfare Development Group.jpg DEVGRU
Awards Bronze Star medal.jpg Bronze Star

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.[1] 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.[2] He was awarded two Bronze Stars for meritorious service.[3] He received a BS from the University of Oregon, an MBA from National University, and an MS from the University of San Diego.[4]

He was the running mate of Montana gubernatorial candidate Neil Livingstone in 2012.[5] Livingstone finished fifth in the Republican primary with 8.8% of the vote.

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.[6] 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." [7]

In spring of 2014 Zinke kicked off a Congressional campaign for the seat held by Steve Daines,[8] who announced an intention to run for a United States Senate seat.


Zinke is married to Lolita (née Hand).[3]


  1. ^ Montana Legislature. "RYAN ZINKE (R)". Retrieved 3 April 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ New York Times (2011). In Bin Laden's Compound, Seals' All-Star Team. Retrieved May 4, 2011.
  3. ^ a b GOPAC. "Candidate Spotlight:Ryan Zinke". Retrieved 3 April 2011. [dead link]
  4. ^ Congress.org. "Sen. Ryan Zinke (R-MT 2nd District)". Retrieved 3 April 2011. [dead link]
  5. ^ Johnson, Charles S. (July 10, 2011). "Livingstone taps Zinke as running mate". Billings Gazette. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Navy Seal Pac". 
  7. ^ "US House candidate Zinke reaps benefits of super PAC he founded". 
  8. ^ "Ryan Zinke Announces Statewide Bus Tour". 30 April 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

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