NRECA Statement on the Selection of Rep. Ryan Zinke for Interior Secretary

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today issued the following statement in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Ryan Zinke to serve as Interior Secretary.

“America’s electric cooperatives have established a tremendous relationship with Ryan Zinke during his time in Congress, and he’s a great choice to lead the Interior Department,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson.  “Electric cooperatives work closely with DOI on a number of issues, including co-op right-of-way and land-use activities. The Department plays a key role in balancing the need to protect the nation’s natural resources with co-ops’ ability to maintain reliable and affordable electric service. Once confirmed, we look forward to working with Rep. Zinke to advance these crucial goals.”

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.