At around 6:11 p.m. Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke entered the Vice President's ceremonial suite in EEOB with Vice President Pence, Sen. Steve Daines and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox. Zinke's wife, Lolita Zinke, was also in attendance holding what looked like an old, battered, personal Bible.
Fun facts: This is the first Montanan to ever serve in a presidential cabinet. Zinke is a fifth generation Montanan.
Some remarks from Pence:
"Congressman, you have spent the better part of your life protecting our country. For 23 years, you served as a Navy Seal through tours of duty ranging from Kosovo to Iraq. ... You're a recognized military leader and deeply respected by your peers."
"Your record is one of distinction, but it just begins there. You have also protected your country as a public servant."
"In Washington, DC you quickly made a name for yourself in areas that were natural to your background on Committee of Armed Services and Natural Resources."
"We're confident that your record of leadership and integrity and public service will cede to our nation's great natural resources and treasures as if they were your own. You'll look after them and be a steward of the interior of our nation and the vast natural resources of this nation."
Remarks from Zinke, who mentioned the fallen Navy Seal Chief Owens:
"I'd like to say thanks to three wonderful people, first the president of the United States who we are all so deeply committed to. I've spent some time with him and I can tell you when we were marching out to Dover to watch Chief Owens come home and watching the president witness that I saw ... He is not only a great president but a commander in chief I will fight with, he is sincere and he loves his country and he makes good decisions, especially the vice president."
"I can't find any better vice president in history that is committed to his country and God and his convictions more than our vice president."
"My beautiful wife, she has been with me for 23, 25 years now we have three children and two grandchildren."
"Now it's time to get to work, as secretary I'm going to be held accountable to get things done. So thank you."
Ceremony wrapped about 6:19 p.m. Photos attached.
And at 6:44 p.m. they called a Travel Lid.