First 10 Days: Praise for Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Interior Department

Secretary Zinke signs document as many witness and applaud in the background
Office of the Secretary

Ryan Zinke was sworn-in as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior on March 1, 2017. He immediately got to work, expanding access to America’s public lands and demonstrating his commitment to the issues facing Native American communities. 

Read some of the early praise for Secretary Zinke:

Mike Pence, Vice-President of the United States
“With a sterling record of service, [the president] and I know Ryan Zinke will protect America’s natural treasures as our new Interior Secretary.”

Brian Cladoosby, President of National Congress of American Indians
“Ryan Zinke has a long history of fighting for our country. During his career as a Navy SEAL, he fought for American freedoms abroad. Throughout his service as a Congressman for Montana, he fought for Montanans and Montana’s Tribes in the halls of Congress. We have no doubt that Secretary Zinke will continue fighting for all tribes as Secretary of [the] Interior. As the trustee to all 567 Federally Recognized tribes, we wish Secretary Zinke every success in advancing the Federal Government’s treaty and trust obligations.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
“I congratulate Rep. Zinke on his confirmation as Interior Secretary, and am eager to work with him to restore balance to the management of federal areas. This is particularly important for Alaska, which has more at stake and is more deeply affected by this Department than any other part of our country.”

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
“Today I voted to confirm Congressman Ryan Zinke as the next Secretary of the Interior. As Interior Secretary, Mr. Zinke will be tasked with managing our public lands and natural resources, including our national parks and significant historic sites across Virginia which are maintained by the National Park Service. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I was encouraged by Mr. Zinke’s public commitment to address the National Park Service’s maintenance and repair backlog, which now totals more than $12 billion. I look forward to working with him to find common sense solutions to reduce that backlog."

Steve Bullock, Democratic Governor of Montana
“I congratulate Ryan Zinke on his confirmation as Secretary of the Interior. Montanans know how important this post is to protecting our public lands, outdoor recreation, tourism, and natural resource industries.”

Barry Russell, CEO of Independent Petroleum Association of America
“As a conservationist from a western energy-producing state, Congressman Zinke appreciates the need to manage our nation’s lands and waters while implementing multiple use policies that enable a variety of activities from conservation and recreation to job development and energy production. IPAA congratulates Congressman Zinke and looks forward to continuing to work with him in his new role as Secretary of the Department of the Interior.”

Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation
“As an organization that represents millions of hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts, the National Wildlife Federation and its state affiliate, the Colorado Wildlife Federation, believe that Rep. Ryan Zinke has the conservation ethic and leadership ability to be a strong Interior Secretary.”

Randall Luthi, President of National Ocean Industries Association
“The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) congratulates Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on his bipartisan confirmation. Secretary Zinke brings the promise of dawn after eight years of darkness for the offshore energy industry. His confirmation testimony laid out a sensible and fair path forward for the United States to not only maintain, but increase its energy leadership. That path leads to the return of a truly broad-based energy policy, using both traditional offshore energy sources, such as oil and natural gas, and non-traditional sources, such as wind.”

In response to Secretary Zinke’s two secretarial orders that expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide: 

Nick Wiley, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
“[Secretary Zinke] has done a great service to our hunters and anglers, the firearms and angling industries and the public trust by issuing these Orders. We look forward to working closely with our federal partners at the Department of Interior to deliver the best possible stewardship of America's fish and wildlife resources.”

Jeff Crane, President of Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
“CSF looks forward to working closely with Secretary Zinke on developing a list of priorities that will protect and advance fish and wildlife and public lands conservation, as well as keep federal lands open for public access and recreation. Today's meeting on the Secretary's first morning in office was a clear indication of his commitment to these shared goals.”

Dave Nomsen, Vice-President of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
“We’re pleased to see the new Secretary’s first action addressing top-of-the-line issues for sportsmen, sportswomen and other conservationists, including hunter access to quality wildlife habitat on our nation’s public lands.”

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