|Richard "Dick" Cheney|
|46th Vice President of the United States|
From: January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
|President||George W. Bush|
|Former U.S. Representative from Wyoming's At-large District|
From: January 3, 1979 – March 20, 1989
|Successor||Craig L. Thomas|
|17th United States Secretary of Defense|
From: March 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
|President||George H. W. Bush|
Richard B. Cheney served as the 46th Vice President of the United States, 2001-2009. He was elected as a Republican in 2000 with President George W. Bush. Cheney was re-elected along with President Bush in 2004.
Cheney is best known for his strong conservatism, and his promotion of the powers of the presidency, especially in foreign affairs.
Life and Family
Richard 'Dick' Cheney was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. After dropping out of Yale College, he took a BA and an MA in Political Science from the University of Wyoming. He was twice arrested for DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) in his early 20's. He did graduate work in political science at the University of Wisconsin, where in 1964 he met Lynne Cheney, who was finishing her Ph.D. in literature. They have two daughters; Elizabeth and Mary.
Cheney assumed his first political post as an assistant to Wisconsin Governor Warren P. Knowles in the early 1960s, at the age of 28 when he became an intern near the beginning of the Nixon Administration. He quickly came to the attention of Donald Rumsfeld, then directing the Office of Economic Opportunity, and was promoted to a paid position in 1971. When Watergate forced Nixon's resignation in 1973, Cheney became vice president of an investment firm for a year, but Rumsfeld convinced Gerald Ford upon the latter's accession to the presidency that Cheney was indispensable, and he was recalled to public service. Eventually Cheney replaced Rumsfeld as Chief of Staff to Ford as Rumsfeld was promoted to Secretary of Defense. In 1978-88, Cheney served in Congress from Wyoming, becoming the Republican Whip (the #2 job).
Cheney served as Secretary of Defense for President George H. W. Bush in the late 1980s. In the 1990s Cheney worked for the big oil-supply company Halliburton, becoming CEO in 1995. After he left the company with a retirement package of $33 million (which went into a blind trust which Cheney does not control), leftist critics alleged that he twisted American foreign policy for the benefit of Halliburton. There is little or no evidence to backup such claims, however.
On February 11, 2006, Mr. Cheney accidentally shot a hunting partner, Mr. Harry Whittington, in the face with birdshot while the pair were hunting Quail in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Whittington suffered a minor heart attack due to the incident, and Cheney accepted full responsibility for the incident. The incident was, according to all involved, an accident.
A survivor of several heart attacks, Cheney's health was too precarious to run for president. In March 2007 he had surgery to remove a blood clot in his leg, the result of extended periods of sitting while airborne.
During the 2004 Presidential Race it entered the public sphere that his daughter Mary and her lesbian partner were having a child. After leaving office as vice president he announced that he was in favor of gay marriage though he believes it should be decided on a state-by-state basis. He summed up his point of view by saying, "With respect to the question of relationships, my general view is that freedom means freedom for everybody."
On June 1, 2009, Cheney spoke out in favor of gay marriage at the National Press Club.
In August 2011 Cheney released a book entitled In My Time about his experiences as vice president of the United States. In it he discusses a range of sensitive topics such as keeping a drafted letter of resignation in a safe in case he were to ever suffer debilitating health complications.
- "It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you." 
- Hayes, Stephen F. Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President (2007) by a conservative journalist. excerpt and text search
- In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir (2011)
- Bash, Dana. Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter. February 12, 2006 (accessed July 16, 2007), CNN
- Lavandera, Ed. Man shot by Cheney: 'Accidents do and will happen' February 20, 2006 (accessed July 16, 2007), CNN
- Dana Bash, Suzanne Malveaux, Tim McCaughan. Cheney: 'One of the worst days of my life'. February 16, 2006 (accessed July 16, 2007), CNN
- Harry Whittington's hospital statement. February 2006 (accessed July 16, 2007), MSNBC
- http://articles.cnn.com/2004-08-24/politics/cheney.samesex_1_basic-fundamental-decision-ban-such-unions-gay-daughter?_s=PM:ALLPOLITICS Cheney describes same-sex marriage as state issue
- He Kept the Colors: The True Story of the General, the Old Man and the Flag - Page 15 L.E. Johnson