Dick Cheney

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Dick Cheney
46th Vice President of the United States
In office
January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Al Gore
Succeeded by Joe Biden
17th United States Secretary of Defense
In office
March 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Deputy Donald J. Atwood, Jr.
Preceded by Frank Carlucci
Succeeded by Les Aspin
15th U.S. House Minority Whip
In office
January 3 – March 20, 1989
Leader Robert H. Michel
Preceded by Trent Lott
Succeeded by Newt Gingrich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1979 – March 20, 1989
Preceded by Teno Roncalio
Succeeded by Craig L. Thomas
7th White House Chief of Staff
In office
November 21, 1975 – January 20, 1977
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by Donald Rumsfeld
Succeeded by Hamilton Jordan
Personal details
Born January 30, 1941 (1941-01-30) (age 73)[1][2][3]
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lynne Cheney
Children Elizabeth Cheney
Mary Cheney
Residence McLean, Virginia
Jackson, Wyoming
Alma mater University of Wyoming
Religion Methodist
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Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (born January 30, 1941) is an American Republican politician and businessman who served as Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. A Republican, he ran in the 2000 US Presidential Election with George W. Bush, and successfully won re-election in the 2004 US Presidential Election.

Political career[change | edit source]

Cheney is popular among the Bush family, and served in the George H. W. Bush administration from 1989-1993 as a cabinet member. He was as a Congressman, and White House Chief of Staff.

Before being Vice President[change | edit source]

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

Vice Presidential term[change | edit 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 | edit 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[4] 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 | edit source]

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

Family[change | edit source]

Dick and Lynne Cheney have 2 daughters, Elizabeth and Mary. Mary is openly lesbian and Dick supports same sex marriage along with Mary.

References[change | edit 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)", 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. "Lynne Cheney: VP, Obama are eighth cousins l". Associated Press. October 17, 2007. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21340764#.T3uFUxB5mSM. Retrieved April 3, 2012.

Other websites[change | edit source]

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