Dick Cheney Biography for Kids


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Dick Cheney

Vice President Richard Bruce “Dick” Cheney served his two-term tenure under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2009.

Cheney was born on January 30, 1941, in Lincoln, Nebraska. His father worked for the US Department of Agriculture, and his mother was a professional softball player. His parents relocated him to Casper, Wyoming, before high school. Here, he met Lynne Vincent, who he later married in 1964.

Cheney attended Yale University but failed out two times. He then transferred to the University of Wyoming where he completed both his undergraduate and master’s degrees in political science. Cheney began his political career as a White House intern in 1969 and was promoted several times through 1975, at which point, he became the Deputy Assistant of the President under Gerald R. Ford. He next served as Ford’s campaign manger for the 1976 election.

Cheney was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1978 as the Wyoming representative. He held the seat for six terms, until 1989. That same year, President George H.W. Bush nominated Cheney as secretary of defense and he was unanimously confirmed. As secretary of defense, he lead the United States invasion of Panama and Operation Desert Storm. He was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991. Cheney worked for the Council on Foreign Relations  in 1993 through 1995. He then worked as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Halliburton, an oil and gas firm, until 2000.

Cheney ran alongside Texas Governor George W. Bush as his Republican running mate in the 2000 election. The pair won the controversial election and took office January 20, 2001. Cheney’s first duties involved remaining physically apart from President Bush after the September 11 attacks. He still remained active in his duties but from remote locations including his family home in Wyoming and at Camp David. His main focus was helping design the approach for the War on Terror. During his second term, he helped in the movement of marriage equality in support of his daughter, Mary. He retired on January 20, 2009, after his second term. He was approached about running for the Republican nominee for the 2008 election, but declined.

Interesting fact: Young Cheney was eligible for the draft during the Vietnam War. Though he was drafted five times, he was able to apply for four deferments due to the fact that he was in college. His final deferment was approved due to his wife being pregnant.