WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement after the United States Senate confirmed Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke to be Secretary of the Department of Interior:

“As a veteran, Ryan Zinke cares deeply about protecting our great nation and preserving our natural resources that we cherish. He will work to conserve and streamline land management, making processes more effective and efficient. I am glad to support his confirmation as Interior Secretary today and look forward to working with him to provide regulatory relief for our producers in the energy industry.”