Statement on new Interior secretary

Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands Chairman John Canegata issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke as secretary of the Department of Interior:

“For too long Democrats in the U.S. Senate played partisan politics and stalled the confirmation of Congressman and now Secretary Zinke, who will be responsible for the millions of Americans living in the territories. Secretary Zinke can finally get to work on addressing the important issues facing our island communities as well as those of the other territories.”

Zinke, of Montana, was last in the Virgin Islands in November 2016, when he attended a summit sponsored by the territorial GOP.

Canegata, Virgin Islands Republican National Committeewoman Lilliana Belardo de O’Neal and Republican National Committeeman Jevon Williams attended Zinke’s confirmation hearing in January.

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