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Cole Supports Nomination of Congressman Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Interior

December 15, 2016
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President-Elect Donald Trump nominated Congressman Ryan Zinke (MT-At Large) to serve as Secretary of the Interior. Congressman Zinke has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2015 and is currently a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
“Whether on the battlefield as a Navy Seal, or as a Member of Congress on the House Floor, Congressman Zinke is a true patriot who serves his country with honor, distinction and effectiveness,” said Cole. “I am incredibly pleased with President-Elect Trump’s choice to nominate my friend and colleague, who I am confident will serve in this position very well.
“Congressman Zinke is well-versed and knowledgeable about the issues concerning our nation’s interior from his service in the Montana State Legislature and his role on the House Committee on Natural Resources. As a lifelong hunter and fisherman, he has great respect for our environment, and is a strong advocate for conserving public lands and keeping them productive.
“I am especially pleased that Ryan has publicly noted his commitment to, and understanding of, Native American issues,” continued Cole. “As the Co-Chair of the Native American Caucus, I’ve had the opportunity to work with him on a numerous Native American matters. He is a consistent defender of tribal sovereignty, and is committed to helping tribes achieve economic independence. Ryan truly is a leader that fully encompasses the scope of what this role will require, and I look forward to working with him in his new capacity.”