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Ryan Zinke

[Congressional biography]

Born: November 1, 1961 in Bozeman, MT

Education:

  • University of Oregon, B.S. (geology), 1984
  • National University, M.B.A., 1991
  • University of San Diego, M.S. (global leadership), 2003

Military Service:

  • U.S. Navy, 1985-2008 (SEAL team commander)

Career:

  • Founder of consulting firm
  • Board member, oil pipeline company
  • U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 2017-2019

Elected Office:

  • MT Senate, 2009-2013
  • Candidate for MT Lt. Governor, 2012



Election Results for Ryan Zinke


Click on the Year to see the results of that election.

YearAgeStatePartyOfficeDistrictStagePosVotes%
2012 50 MT R Lt. Governor Primary 5 0 0.0%
2014 52 MT R U.S. House At-Large District Primary 1 43,766 33.3%
2014 52 MT R U.S. House At-Large District General 1 203,871 55.4%
2016 54 MT R U.S. House At-Large District Primary 1 144,660 100.0%
2016 54 MT R U.S. House At-Large District General 1 285,358 56.2%
2022 60 MT R U.S. House District 01 Primary 1 35,601 41.7%
2022 60 MT R U.S. House District 01 General 1 123,102 49.6%


Age: Age as of July 1 of the year pertaining to this election.




Ideology Data for Ryan Zinke


Click on the number in the 'Conserv.' column to see all of the key votes for that year.

YearAgeBodyConservative
Coalition
Party UnityPresidential
Support
Vote %LiberalConserv.
P
2015 53 House 92 7 D 11 88 98 0 71
2016 54 House 92 5 D 9 89 96 5 68
2023 61 House 91 9 D 99 84
Lifetime conservative rating:   78%


Age: Age as of July 1 of the year pertaining to this row.



Conservative Coalition: According to the publication "Congressional Quarterly" (CQ), this is an alliance of Republicans and Southern Democrats (from back when Southern Democrats tended to be conservative or at least moderate) against Northern Democrats in Congress.

This concept had significant meaning perhaps through the 1980's. These statistics stopped being computed after 2000 because conservative Democrats no longer existed except in very rare cases. The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with the coalition; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the coalition. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast.



Party Unity: According to CQ, a Party Unity vote in Congress is one in which the parties were split, with a majority of Democrats opposing a majority of Republicans.

The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with his party; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the party. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast.



Presidential Support: These are votes for which the President has stated his position, either in via a message to Congress, by press conference remarks or other public statements and documents.

The number under the green check is the percentage of time this Representative or Senator voted with the President; the number under the red X is the percentage of the time he opposed the President. The numbers often do not add to 100% because of instances where no vote was cast. The "P" column indicates the party of the President in each year.



Vote %: The percentage of roll-call votes in which this Representaive or Senator participated by voting "Yes" or "No" (as opposed to "Present" or not voting at all.)



Liberal Rating: These ratings are based on key votes as identifed by the ultra-liberal advocacy organization called "Americans for Democratic Action" (ADA). They have been rating members of Congress since 1947. The number shown is the percentage of the time this Representative or Senator took the liberal position on a key issue. The methodology behind the calculation can be found here. Ratings followed by an asterisk were calculated the "ADA way" due to missing data regarding key votes in the ADA source material.



Conservative Rating: These ratings are based on key votes as identifed by the conservative advocacy organization called the "American Conservative Union" (ACU). They have been rating members of Congress since 1971. The number shown is the percentage of the time this Representative or Senator took the conservative position on a key issue.

The liberal and conservative ratings are not expected to add to 100% because the two groups use different sets of key votes to determine their ratings. Conservative ratings from 1961 through 1970 (and for 2024) were calculated based on key votes as selected by the creators of this website.