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Rep. Ryan Zinke

Former Representative for Montana’s At-Large District

Zinke was the representative for Montana’s at-large district and was a Republican. He served from 2015 to 2017.

Photo of Rep. Ryan Zinke [R-MT, 2015-2017]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Zinke is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Zinke sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Zinke was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Zinke sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (32%) Armed Forces and National Security (21%) Energy (16%) Taxation (11%) International Affairs (11%) Native Americans (11%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Zinke recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Zinke voted Nay

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Zinke voted No

Passed 211/188 on Jan 8, 2016.

The House is scheduled to take up the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act (H.R. 1927), which aims to reform the current federal class action …

Zinke voted Aye

Zinke voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. …

Zinke voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Zinke voted Nay

Passed 328/51 on Feb 2, 2015.

Zinke voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Feb 2017, Zinke missed 125 of 1,433 roll call votes, which is 8.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 2017. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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