This morning, newly appointed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke donned a cowboy hat and boots, and rode a horse to his first day of work.
The new secretary was riding to the department’s Washington D.C. headquarters. The ride preceded a welcome reception in the department’s lobby. Former Navy SEAL and lone U.S. Representative of the state of Montana, the secretary rode alongside U.S. Park Police Officers.
Zinke is an outdoorsman, hunter, and fisherman. He is both a conservative and a conservationist, molding his time as secretary after President Teddy Roosevelt’s outdoor recreation and conservation efforts. Zinke told Senators in January,
“I am an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt and believe he had it right when he placed under federal protection millions of acres of federal lands and set aside much of it as national forests. Today, much of those lands provide American’s the opportunity to hike, fish, camp, recreate and enjoy the great outdoors.”
Zinke is opposed to large-scale transfers of federal land. This position has gained him a good amount of support from many conservatives in the West, for whom this is a hot button topic. He has also gained support from many Democrats, yet is also opposed by certain Democrats and environmental groups due to his desire to encourage fossil fuel development on federal land.
Zinke was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday night, and sworn in by Vice President Pence immediately. Today’s ride reconfirmed his support of U.S. Park Police and reminded the country of his conservationist stance and love for the outdoors and wildlife.
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(H/T: The Hill)