Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney official 116th Congress portrait.jpg
Cheney in 2017
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wyoming's at-large district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded byCynthia Lummis
Vice Chair of the House January 6th Committee
Assumed office
September 2, 2021
Preceded byPosition established
Chair of the House Republican Conference
In office
January 3, 2019 – May 12, 2021
DeputyMark Walker
Mike Johnson
LeaderKevin McCarthy
Preceded byCathy McMorris Rodgers
Succeeded byElise Stefanik
Personal details
Born
Elizabeth Lynne Cheney

(1966-07-28) July 28, 1966 (age 55)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
(m. 1993)
Children5
Parent(s)Dick Cheney
Lynne Cheney
RelativesMary Cheney (sister)
EducationColorado College (BA)
University of Chicago (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Elizabeth Lynne Cheney[1] (/ˈni/ CHAYN-ee; born July 28, 1966[2]) is an American attorney and politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Wyoming's at-large congressional district since 2017. She was deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in the George W. Bush administration and chaired the House Republican Conference, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership, from 2019 to 2021.

Cheney is the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and Lynne Cheney. She held several positions in the U.S. State Department during the George W. Bush administration, notably as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and Coordinator for Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiatives. She promoted regime change in Iran while chairing the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group with Elliott Abrams. In 2009 Cheney and Bill Kristol founded Keep America Safe, a nonprofit organization concerned with national security issues that advocated the positions of the Bush–Cheney administration. She was a candidate for the 2014 election to the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, challenging three-term incumbent Mike Enzi, before withdrawing from the race. In the House of Representatives, she holds the seat her father held for a decade, representing Wyoming from 1979 to 1989.[3]

Regarded as a leading ideological conservative[4] in the Bush–Cheney-era tradition and a representative of the Republican establishment,[5] Cheney is a neoconservative, known for her focus on national security, her support for the U.S. military, a pro-business stance,[6] foreign policy views, and for being fiscally and socially conservative.[7] Cheney is considered one of the leaders of the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party[6] and was critical of the foreign policy of the Donald Trump administration while simultaneously voting steadfastly in support of its overall agenda.[8][9][10][11]

Cheney later supported the second impeachment of Donald Trump for his role in the 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol.[12] Because of her stance on the Capitol riot, her impeachment vote and opposition to Trump's false stolen-election narrative, pro-Trump Freedom Caucus members of the House Republican Conference attempted to remove her from party leadership in February 2021. That effort failed, and Cheney remained conference chair until mid-May, when pro-Trump members of the House again pushed for her removal. With House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy supporting the effort, Cheney was removed from her position.[13][14][15] After her battles with Republican leadership, Cheney received death threats, leading her to spend $58,000 on a private security detail.[16] She has said that she intends to be "the leader, one of the leaders, in a fight to help to restore our party"[17] and that she may be interested in a future presidential run.[18] In July 2021, Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Cheney to the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack. Two months later, she was made vice chair of the committee.

  1. ^ "Cheney makes first visit to World Trade Center site". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 19, 2001. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  2. ^ "Cheney, Liz". Current Biography Yearbook 2010. Ipswich, MA: H. W. Wilson. 2010. pp. 103–107. ISBN 9780824211134.
  3. ^ Rahman, Rema (November 8, 2016). "Liz Cheney Wins Wyoming House Seat". Roll Call. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "A wild day that defined the Republican Party". CNN. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  5. ^ "Is Liz Cheney the last best hope to stop GOP extremism?". Forward. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Liz Cheney, Neocon Senator and President?". The National Interest. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference cnn-graham was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  8. ^ Ferris, Sarah (January 29, 2019). "Liz Cheney rises amid GOP rubble". Politico. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  9. ^ DeBonis, Mike (May 11, 2019). "Liz Cheney confronts a dilemma and the GOP wonders: How high can she go?". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  10. ^ Martin, Jonathan (June 1, 2015). "Dick Cheney and Daughter Push Hawkish Stances for G.O.P. Hopefuls". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  11. ^ Glancy, Josh (February 3, 2019). "Like father, like daughter: Liz Cheney soars as Republican hawk". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  12. ^ Draper, Robert (April 22, 2021). "Liz Cheney vs. MAGA". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  13. ^ Strauss, Daniel (May 12, 2021). "Liz Cheney removed from House leadership over Trump criticism". The Guardian. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  14. ^ Edmondson, Catie; Fandos, Nicholas (February 4, 2021). "House Republicans Choose to Keep Liz Cheney in Leadership". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  15. ^ Peterson, Kristina (May 5, 2021). "Behind Liz Cheney's Break With Kevin McCarthy Over Trump". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  16. ^ "Liz Cheney spent $58K on security after impeachment vote". AP News. June 2, 2021. Retrieved June 21, 2021.
  17. ^ "Would Liz Cheney run to keep Trump from Oval Office? 'Whatever it takes,' she says". TODAY.com.
  18. ^ "Liz Cheney refuses to rule out run for president in bid to thwart Trump". the Guardian. May 13, 2021.

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