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Vice- President Richard "Dick" Cheney

46th Vice-President of the United States

(b. 1941)








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Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (born January 30, 1941 in Lincoln Nebraska)

Richard "Dick" Cheney took office as the Vice-President of the United States in January, 2001. He and George W. Bush won the Presidential Election of 2000 by defeating Al Gore and Joe Lieberman. Cheney is a Republican who previously served in Congress, and as the Secretary of Defense for President H.W. Bush.

Cheney was born in 1941 in Lincoln, Nebraska, though he grew up in Caspar, Wyoming, playing football at Natrona County High School, where he graduated and where he also met and dated his future wife, Lynne.

Dick Cheney briefly attended Yale University, but left Yale to return to Wyoming, where he worked as a lineman for the power company for two years. He enrolled at the University of Wyoming, where he earned a BA and and MA in Political Science. In 1968, he worked as a congressional fellow for Wisconsin Rep. William Steiger in Washington, D.C. This began his career in politics, as he began working his way up the Republican political ladder.

In 1968, Cheney met Donald Rumsfeld, who then served as the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). Rumsfeld hired Cheney as his special assistant, where he stayed until 1971, when he became an assistant at the White House. He continued to work government until 1973, when he briefly returned to the private sector. Then, with the resignation of President Nixon in 1974, Cheney was again called into government service. Cheney joined President Ford's transition team, which was headed up by his old boss, Donald Rumsfeld. After the transition, Rumsfeld became the White House Chief of Staff, and he made Cheney his Deputy Assistant. When Rumsfeld left that position, Ford promoted Dick Cheney, who became the youngest person serve in the powerful gateway position of White House Chief of Staff. Cheney was 34 years old at the time.

After the Ford Administration left office, Cheney ran for Wyoming's sole Congressional seat, winning election in 1978. He served in the House of Representatives from 1979 to 1989, when he became the Secretary of Defense in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Cheney became a well-known figure in the Defense post with Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and the subsequent American military buildup that led to the Gulf War (First War with Iraq), in 1991.

Following Bush's defeat by Bill Clinton in the 1992 election, Cheney once again returned to the private sector, eventually leading the Halliburton Corporation.

Then, in 2000, Texas Governor George W. Bush, the son of the first President Bush, chose Cheney to lead his Vice-Presidential Selection Committee. After interviewing several possible running mates, Bush decided on Dick Cheney to be his running mate. They won the 2000 election in a cliff-hanger decided only after the Supreme Court refused to allow a recount of Florida ballots.

As Vice-President, Cheney has been criticized for his influence on American foreign policy, particularly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He was a proponent of invading Iraq in 2003, and a defender of the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Cheney, while usually avoiding the limelight, strongly criticized Senator John Kerry during the 2004 election for mentioning Cheney's daughter Mary, who is a lesbian, in a discussion on gay marriage. Cheney has publicly said he supports gay marriage, a position which seemingly puts him at odds with the President. Cheney also ended up in the headlines when he accidentally shot his friend and hunting partner, Harry Whittington, on February 11, 2006.

On February 27, 2007, while on a diplomatic trip to Afghanistan, an apparant assassination attempt was made by Taliban insurgents, who claimed that Cheney was a target in the attack. A suicide bomber blew up a checkpoint at Bagram Air Base outside of Kabul, killing 20, including an American soldier. Cheney was unhurt in the attack.

On March 5, 2007, doctors discoverd a blood clot, called a venous thrombosis, in Dick Cheney's lower left leg. Doctors planned on treating it with medication.


Cheney has said he does not plan on running for President in the 2008 election.


Predecessor in Office:
Gerald R. Ford's Offices:
Successor in Office:
Preceded by:

Donald Rumsfeld

White House Chief of Staff


Succeeded by:

Hamilton Jordan

Preceded by:

Teno Roncalio

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from Wyoming's At-large congressional district

1979 – 1989

Succeeded by:

Craig Thomas

Preceded by:

Trent Lott

House Minority Whip

House Republican Whip


Succeeded by:

Newt Gingrich

Preceded by:

Frank C. Carlucci

Secretary of Defense

1989 – 1993

Succeeded by:

Les Aspin

Preceded by:

Jack Kemp

Republican Party Vice Presidential candidate

2000 (won), 2004 (won)

Succeeded by:


Preceded by:

Albert Gore

Vice President of the United States

January 20, 2001 – present

Acting President: June 29, 2002

Succeeded by:

None (Incumbent)

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Family, Career, and Personal Highlights

Richard Herbert Cheney-Father

Marjorie Dickey -- Mother

Lynne Vincent (b. 1941), Wife, wed in 1964


Elizabeth Cheney Perry (b. July 28, 1966)--Daughter

Mary Cheney (b. March 14, 1969 )--Daughter




Robert Cheney --Brother

Susan Cheney--Sister


Class of 1958: Natrona County High School (Casper, Wyoming)
Senior Class President

Played halfback on the football team

1958-1959: Attended Yale University

1965: BA Political Science, University of Wyoming.

1966: MA Political Science,University of Wyoming.



Early 1960s: Electrical worker
--Worked on high-voltage power lines in Wyoming after leaving Yale.

Military Service:


Political Career:

1968: Cheney worked as a congressional fellow for Wisconsin Rep. William Steiger

1968-1971: Cheney met Donald Rumsfeld, the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). A memo written by Cheney impressed Rumsfeld so much that he offered Cheney a position as special assistant to the Director of the OEO.

1971: White House Assistant

1971-1973: Assistant Director of the Cost of Living Council


August 1974: Cheney joins Gerald Ford’s presidential transition team when President Nixon resigns

1974-1975: Cheney served as the Deputy Assistant to President Ford.

1975-1977: Cheney served as White House Chief of Staff (youngest Chief of Staff in history; age 34)


1979-1989: United States House of Representatives (R)

1981-1987: Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee

1989: House Republican Whip

1989-1993: Secretary of Defense.

2000: Chaired Republican Presidential Candidate Governor George W. Bush's Vice-Presidential Selection Committee.

2001-Present: Vice-President of the United States (R)

Links and Resources on Richard "Dick" Cheney

Richard Cheney--Biography of Richard Cheney from the official White House web site.

Richard Cheney--Wikipedia article

Cheney Hunting Accident--Wikipedia article

The Buying of the Presidency:Vice President Richard B. Cheney --Examines the financial backing of Vice-President Cheney in the 2004 election.

Dick Cheney Bio --Aggregation of news resources from About.com with an outline of Cheney's personal history, including his employment and health record.

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