Is Liz Cheney a Lawyer? Elizabeth Lynne Cheney is an American attorney and politician. She served as the U.S. representative for Wyoming’s at-large congressional districts from 2017 to 2023.
She chaired the House Republican Conference, the third-highest position in the House Republican leadership, from 2019 to 2021. She currently serves as Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
Who is Liz Cheney?
Liz Cheney is the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and second lady Lynne Cheney. She held several positions in the U.S. State Department during the George WE. 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 Bush-Cheney administration’s positions. 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 held the seat her father held from 1979 to 1989. Regarded as a leading ideological conservative in the Bush-Cheney-era tradition and a representative of the Republican establishment, Cheney is a neoconservative, known for her focus on national security, support for the U.S. military, pro-business stance, hawkish foreign policy views, and fiscal and social conservatism.
Liz Cheney’s Biography
Elizebeth Lynne Cheney was the first of two daughters born to Dick and Lynne Cheney in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 28, 1966. The family moved between Wisconsin and Wyoming while she was young, but split their time between Wyoming and Washington, D.C., after her father’s election to Congress. She graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988, and in 1996, she earned a law degree from the University of Chicago.
Post-Collegiate Work, Law School, And Career
After college, Cheney worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, and Armitage Associates, LLP, a consulting firm. She enrolled in the University of Chicago Law School, from which she graduated in 1996, and went on to practice law at the White & Case law firm in Washington, D.C.
Cheney’s father served as vice president of the United States from 2001–09 under President George W. Bush, and she was very active in her father’s campaigns for the 2000 and 2004 elections. Meanwhile, in 2002, she returned to work at the State Department, serving first as deputy assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs and then as principal deputy assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs.
She also headed the Iran-Syria Policy and Operations Group (ISOG), a unit within the Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. In 2007, Cheney served as co-chair for Fred Thompson’s 2008 presidential campaign, and then in 2008, she served as senior foreign policy advisor for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
From 2009 to 2013, she was the chairman of the non-profit organization Keep America Safe. She is also the co-founder of the non-profit organization Alliance for a Strong America. From January 2012 to July 2013, Cheney was a contributor for Fox News, losing that position when she announced her intention to run for the Senate in Wyoming.
Cheney’s campaign was heavily criticized, mainly because of a complete change in her attitude towards same-sex marriages. As stated on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ she and Mary had never agreed on gay marriage, thus triggering a spat between the two. The Cheney family drama was revealed to the public, and that heavily impacted Cheney’s campaign.
While Mary lambasted her sister for opposing gay marriages, their parents supported Cheney. They even tried to clarify the relationship between the sisters, stating that Cheney had always loved and respected Mary’s family. Meanwhile, the criticism benefited Enzi, and Cheney’s campaign eventually weakened. On January 6, 2014, she withdrew her candidature, citing family health issues.
In 2016, Cheney announced her run for the position of U.S. Representative for Wyoming’s at-large congressional district after Cynthia Lummis announced her retirement from the post in 2015. Oil industry businessman Simon Kukes aided her campaign. After she assumed her duties in January 2017, Cheney co-sponsored a bill that removed grey Wolves from the ‘Endangered Species Act.’ As the 115th ‘Congress’ (January 2017–January 2019) began, Cheney was appointed to the committees of ‘Armed Services’ and ‘Natural Resources.’
In the November 2018 general election, Liz Cheney was re-elected to the post without any opposition. The ‘Republicans’ voted for her to be the chair of the ‘House Republican Conference’ of the 116th ‘Congress’ (January 2019 to January 2021). In July 2021, Cheney was appointed to serve on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions:
Is Liz Cheney Married with Kids?
Liz Cheney has been married to Philip Perry, a partner at the law firm ‘Latham & Watkins,’ since 1993. They have five children.
How Many Books Did Liz Cheney Write?
Cheney wrote three books with her father. First is her father’s autobiography, My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir (2011); Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America (2015); and Heart: An American Medical Odyssey (2013), which was also written with her father’s heart surgeon.
Is Liz Cheney Running for President?
Cheney said in a television interview after her primary loss that she is considering a run for president in 2024. A 2024 campaign “is something I’m thinking about, and I’ll make a decision in the coming months,” Cheney told NBC’s “Today” on Wednesday morning. She did not mention if she would run as a Republican, although Trump is likely to run and remains popular among some Republican voters.
Is Liz Cheney a Lawyer?
Cheney received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1996. She practiced at the White & Case law firm as an international law attorney before joining the State Department.