Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Wins Montana House Race

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Trump administration Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will represent Montana in Congress next year, returning to Washington four years after his scandal-ridden tenure as Cabinet secretary ended in resignation. .

Zinke will represent Montana’s 1st congressional district, which covers the western half of the state, by virtue of her victory over Democrat Monica Tranel. The district, which Montana won this year after a re-distribution based on the 2020 census, was considered the more competitive of the state’s two House races.

Zinke previously served in Congress representing Montana’s congressional district from 2015 until 2017, when he resigned to become Interior Secretary under Trump. Although Zinke has frequently campaigned on his Montana roots, it’s unclear if he spends most of his time in the state or at his home in California. In May, POLITICO uncovered tax files which showed that Zinke’s wife, Lola, had designated the couple’s home in Santa Barbara, California as her primary residence. Zinke also used this address as a mailing address for fundraiser invitations.

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