Former Navy Seal Confirmed as Secretary of the Interior

Written by Leonora Cravotta

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke was confirmed Wednesday as President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Interior.

The vote was 68-31 with Zinke receiving the backing of all voting Republicans and seventeen Democrats. Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia did not vote.

Zinke, a former Navy Seal, is an interesting selection for Interior Secretary. While he is a life-long hunter and fisherman who defends public access to federal lands, he parts company with environmentalists on issues including coal extraction and oil drilling.

On the other hand,  Zinke opposes federal land transfers and stepped down last summer from the GOP’s platform-writing committee because the committee was proposing language which supported federal land transfers. Trump is also opposed to returning federal land to the states.

The next likely cabinet confirmation is that of retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by

About the author

Leonora Cravotta

About Leonora Cravotta: Leonora Cravotta is the Program & Talent Director for Red State Talk Radio, the Co-Host for the Scott Adams Show, a political radio talk show, and a syndicated writer for conservative publications. Her professional background includes over fifteen years in corporate and nonprofit marketing. She holds a B.A. in English and French from Denison University, an M.A. in English from University of Kentucky and an M.B.A. from Fordham University. The Scott Adams show is available on, iTunes, Tune-In, Spreaker, Stitcher and Soundcloud.

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

Send this to a friend