Dick Cheney

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Dick Cheney
Official portrait of vice president Dick Cheney
Official portrait, 2004
46th Vice President of the United States
In office
January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byAl Gore
Succeeded byJoe Biden
17th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
March 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
DeputyDonald J. Atwood, Jr.
Preceded byFrank Carlucci
Succeeded byLes Aspin
15th U.S. House Minority Whip
In office
January 3, 1989 – March 20, 1989
LeaderRobert H. Michel
Preceded byTrent Lott
Succeeded byNewt Gingrich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1979 – March 20, 1989
Preceded byTeno Roncalio
Succeeded byCraig L. Thomas
7th White House Chief of Staff
In office
November 21, 1975 – January 20, 1977
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byDonald Rumsfeld
Succeeded byHamilton Jordan
Personal details
Born (1941-01-30) January 30, 1941 (age 80)[1][2][3]
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Lynne Cheney
ChildrenElizabeth Cheney
Mary Cheney
ResidenceMcLean, Virginia
Jackson, Wyoming
Alma materUniversity of Wyoming
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Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (born January 30, 1941) is an American politician and businessman. He was the 46th vice president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. As a Republican, he ran in the 2000 United States presidential election with George W. Bush, and successfully won re-election in the 2004 United States presidential election. Before he became vice president, he was the Secretary of Defense from 1989 to 1993, during George H. W. Bush's presidency.[4] He was also a member of the House of Representatives from 1979 to 1989, and was White House chief of staff from 1975 to 1977.

Early life[change | change source]

Cheney was born at Bryan Medical Center East Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska to Richard Cheney and Marjorie Cheney. Cheney grew up in Casper, Wyoming.[5][6]

Political career[change | change source]

Dick Cheney was the former representative for Wyoming's At-large congressional district. He served in the George H. W. Bush administration from 1989-1993 as a cabinet member. He was a Congressman, and White House Chief of Staff.

Business career[change | change source]

He was also in charge of a large defense company called Halliburton when he was out of office during the Clinton presidency.

Vice presidency (2001–2009)[change | change source]

As Vice President, Cheney was the head of the Senate and cast six tie-breaking votes and he was replaced by Joe Biden as Vice President on January 20, 2009.

Personal life[change | change source]

Cheney lives in Wyoming. He is an active hunter. In 2006, he shot a friend by mistake while hunting. He did not run for President in 2008. He has criticized President Barack Obama. His wife Lynne Cheney is a distant cousin of President Barack Obama[7] and he is an 8th cousin of President Barack Obama. He is a 9th cousin, once removed of George W. Bush. Cheney is distantly related to Harry S. Truman and Robert Duvall by the Duvall family. He is distantly related to American Express founder Benjamin Pierce Cheney.

Health[change | change source]

On March 24, 2012, Cheney underwent a seven-hour heart transplant process. Cheney has had several heart attacks.

Family[change | change source]

Dick and Lynne Cheney have 2 daughters, Elizabeth and Mary. Mary is openly lesbian and Dick supports same sex marriage along with Mary. Liz is the Congresswoman at-large from Wyoming in the United States House of Representatives.

References[change | change source]

  1. Battle, Robert A., "Ancestry of Richard Bruce Cheney". Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  2. "New England's Big Family Our Town's, Manchester (Dick Cheney)" Archived 2010-01-15 at the Wayback Machine, American Patriot Friends Network. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  3. Dick Cheney is a descendant of William Cheney (1604–1667), who was a native of England and was recorded to be in Roxbury, Massachusetts by 1640. while Benjamin Pierce Cheney was a descendant of William's brother, John Cheney, who was recorded in Roxbury in 1635 and who moved to Newbury, Massachusetts, the following year. See Charles Henry Pope, The Cheney Genealogy, Vol. 1, pp. 17–33, Boston: Charles H. Pope, 1897; The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. X, pp. 213–214, New York: James T. White & Company, 1909, reprint of 1900 edition.
  4. "Richard B. Cheney – George H.W. Bush Administration". Office of the Secretary of Defense – Historical Office. Archived from the original on June 14, 2019. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  5. https://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/hicks-how-about-the-dick-cheney-plaza/article_02f49965-9ff6-5729-a6ca-2fd84435bb2e.html
  6. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Dick-Cheney
  7. "Lynne Cheney: VP, Obama are eighth cousins l". Associated Press. October 17, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2012.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Dick Cheney at Wikimedia Commons