Brian Schweitzer

Montana governor calls for May 25 election to replace Zinke

A special election will be held on May 25 to fill Montana's only U.S. House seat after Republican Ryan Zinke resigned to join President Donald Trump's cabinet, the governor said Wednesday.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Zinke as Trump's Interior Department secretary earlier in the day.

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock chose the minimum amount of time for setting a special election under state law — 85 days.

With important discussions happening in Congress, the state must be represented, Bullock said. Zinke has not participated in several dozen votes since he was nominated to the Cabinet post.

"Montanans haven't really had a voice in that discussion for most of the...