New Cabinet Secretary Rides a Horse Into Work

On Wednesday, March 1st, Congressman Ryan Zinke (R) was sworn in as the new Secretary of the Interior Department. As Secretary of the Interior, Zinke will oversee the nation’s 59 national parks and 500 million acres of public land. Zinke’s was confirmed in the United States Senate with a 68-31 vote.

Zinke is a 5th generation Montanan who served nearly 24 years with the Navy SEALs. Before serving as a United States Representative, Secretary Zinke was a two-term Montana state legislator. In 2014, Zinke was elected as Montana’s representative-at-large.

Secretary Zinke arrived on his first day to the job in style, wearing blue jeans and a cowboy hat, and on horseback! During his trot, Zinke was followed by nine members of the United States Park Police (USPP). His ride began around 9:00 am, riding several blocks until he reached the Interior Department building. Upon reaching his destination, Zinke was met at the steps with a warm reception by National Park servicemen.

Secretary Zinke rode on the back of Tonto, a 17-year-old Bay Roan Gelding, who is roughly six feet tall. Tonto was donated to the United States Park Police in 2014, according to Sergeant Anna Rose. Tonto serves the United States Park Police Horse Mounted Unit.

Tonto killed it!

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