President-elect Donald Trump has offered Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, the post of secretary of the interior, CBS News’ Sopan Deb confirms, citing a source familiar with the transition. The former Navy SEAL commander, who is a decorated Iraq veteran, just won his second term in Congress.
Zinke is the first Navy SEAL elected to Congress and is the sole Montana congressman in the House. He supported Mr. Trump early on during the campaign, and he met with the president-elect Monday at Trump Tower.
Politico first reported the pick. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was also in the running for interior secretary.