The new Interior Secretary arrived to work wearing a cowboy hat and riding an Irish sport horse named Tonto, accompanied by a security detail of mounted US Park Police officers.
After riding several blocks to the Interior Department from the National Park Service stables located in the National Mall, Zinke was greeted by 350 department employees and former acting Interior secretary Jack Haugrud.
BSEE is pleased to welcome the new Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "Lets get to work!" pic.twitter.com/520TMPxslr— BSEE (@BSEEgov) 2 марта 2017 г.
As Zinke tweeted later, he was "humbled by the warm welcome."
The US Interior Department responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to Native American tribes. The department has approximately 70,000 employees stationed at 2,400 locations.
Ryan Zinke, 55, was confirmed as the US Interior Secretary by a 68-31 Senate vote on Wednesday, March 1. A former Navy SEAL, Zinke served two terms in the legislature of his home state of Montana and was elected as the state’s at-large representative in the House in 2014.