Former Home Secretary Ryan Zinke formed a committee with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, running for Congress six years after leaving the House to join the Trump administration.
Zinke’s newest committee, dubbed “Zinke for Congress,” comes just days after Montana landed a second seat in Congress following the release of the latest Census Bureau data.
Montana lost its second seat in Congress after the 1990 census report.
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A commission will still have to draw the new district lines, but Zinke’s record shows that he plans to raise funds and operate in the state’s second congressional district.
Zinke was twice elected to represent Montana’s current at-large district, first taking over in 2014 when he was then representative. Steve Daines was elected to the Senate.
He was the first Navy Seal elected to the House of Representatives, before joining Donald Trump’s cabinet in 2017.
Zinke resigned following ethical inquiries into his use of chartered planes, although he was later recognized by the Office of the Inspector General for not breaking any rules.
Although the boundaries of the state’s second district will be established once additional census data is released, the district is expected to remain a Republican stronghold.
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Donald Trump won an overwhelming majority of the state’s votes, securing a 16% margin over Joe Biden.
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