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OP-ED: I never have - and never will - sell your public lands

The fourth Saturday in September marks a national day of recognition for two things Montanans already value every day: National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day. As Montanans, hunting, fishing and access to public lands is part... Full story

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    January 18, 2017

On Leading Interior

Note: The following text is Congressman Zinke’s full opening statement for the Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 18. As a son of a plumber and a kid who grew up in a small timber and railroad town next to Glacier National Park in Montana, I am...

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    October 19, 2016

Mission-Focused for Montana

As a 23-year U.S. military Commander, I’ve always been mission-focused, and no mission is too big or too small to take on with everything I have. Whether it’s hunting terrorists in the Middle East, winterizing the house, or fighting for Montana...


Remembering 9/11

On September 11, 2001, the world changed forever when nineteen radical Islamic terrorists hijacked commercial jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. These cowardly attacks killed 2,977 innocent c... Full story

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    August 24, 2016

Guns, God and Land

Note: Congressman Zinke will debate House candidate and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau at Frazer School on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public. A couple weeks ago, my good friend, Congressman Trey Gowdy...

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    August 3, 2016

This Debate is Like a Homecoming for Me

I’m excited to announce that for the first time ever, there will be two House debates east of Billings. My opponent has accepted a series of four debates in Billings, Great Falls, Frazer and hopefully Crow Country. This schedule features two east...

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    July 6, 2016

Our Veterans Memorial is a Fitting Tribute

Over the past month, I had the honor and privilege of recognizing more than 1,200 Montanans who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War at special pinning ceremonies. (Date and location for Glasgow/Fort Peck area coming soon) Many of these...

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    June 29, 2016

Suicide is Preventable if We Work Together

I draw a lot from my 23 years of military service. During that time I have known and served with many of our nation’s finest. However, some of the strongest men and women I have ever known have fallen on hard times and contemplated or committed...

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    June 22, 2016

I Never Have, and Never Will, Sell Your Public Lands

Earlier this week, the Natural Resources Committee voted on a series of bills, two of which dealt with public lands. The first piece was an outright transfer of federal lands. The second piece dealt with establishing a land management pilot program....

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    June 1, 2016

Their Sacrifice Was Not in Vain

Since the first battles at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, American men and women have laid down their lives for something larger than themselves. When the first Memorial Day was celebrated in 1868, our nation remembered the nearly...

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    April 6, 2016

Real Tax Relief for all Montanans

You sent me to Washington with a long list of Montana priorities. After about a year in the House, I’m happy to say we’ve accomplished a lot. My bill, the Resilient Federal Forests Act, passed the House with bipartisan support and was the first... Full story

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    March 30, 2016

Time for the U.S. to get Serious About Defeating ISIS

Terrorism-related deaths are up 800 percent in the past five years according to a new report. That’s nearly 30,000 people who are killed per year by terrorists. While suicide bombers and gunmen have been killing civilians around the globe almost...

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    March 23, 2016

Senate Should Advise Obama on Nominee

The recent and unexpected death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia sent shockwaves across our nation. I was floored when I heard the news. Although I had only met Justice Antonin Scalia once, his legacy will have a lasting impact on me....

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    January 27, 2016

Special Treatment for Special Interests is Not Acceptable

Montana and other Western states are blessed with some of the most expansive grasslands on earth, which are optimal for grazing cattle. East and west coast residents do not understand what it takes to care for a ranch; they do not realize the...

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    January 13, 2016

Making America SAFE

Last week, in two separate stings in Texas and California, the FBI arrested two Iraqi refugees for connections to terrorism. These individuals were screened in accordance with the Obama Administration’s “rigorous” vetting standards, which...

 By Ryan Zinke    Opinion    December 9, 2015

Don't Make LWCF Another Broken Promise

Before Thanksgiving we had a hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee about the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). When talking with my colleagues from all over the country about LWCF, I ask them to imagine America without iconic...


Respect Their Sacrifice and Honor Our Promises

Montana has a strong military tradition unparalleled by almost any other state in the nation. Nearly 1-in-10 of us hears the call to serve in the armed forces, and in the sovereign nations the warrior spirit is even stronger. Last month, I visited...


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