Zinke joins board of small gold mining company

Former Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeInterior's border surge puts more officers in unfamiliar role Not 'if' but 'when' is the next Deepwater Horizon spill? Former Wyoming GOP lawmaker mulling Senate bid to replace Enzi MORE was appointed to the board of directors of a gold mining company Tuesday.

U.S. Gold Corp said in a press release that Zinke would be joining the publicly traded company, which has projects in Nevada and Wyoming.

This is the second job Zinke has landed since leaving his role at the Interior Department in January. 

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He announced in December that he would leave the agency amid accusations that he violated ethics rules, which he has denied.

"All of the Directors of U.S. Gold Corp. are thrilled to welcome the Honorable Ryan Zinke to our Board," said Edward Karr, CEO and president of the company.

"As the former Secretary of the Interior and a geologist, Commander Zinke has an in-depth knowledge of the governmental regulatory and permitting process for mining and exploration companies. We look forward to his future contributions to the overall Board, technical committees and permitting assistance with our Copper King project in Wyoming."

Zinke said Tuesday that he was looking "forward to joining a winning team."

"I am confident that my prior experience can add tremendous value to the company. I am excited to work closely with management and the Board to help make mining great again in America," Zinke said