Lynne Cheney

Lynne Ann Vincent Cheney (born August 14, 1941) is the current Second Lady of the United States, the wife of United States Vice President Dick Cheney. She is a novelist, conservative scholar, and former talk-show host.

Childhood and education

A descendant of Mormon pioneers with roots in Denmark, England, Ireland, and Wales, Lynne Ann Vincent was born in Casper, Wyoming. Her father was Wayne Edwin Vincent, an engineer; her mother, the late Edna Lybyer, became a deputy sheriff. She was raised Presbyterian and became Methodist upon her marriage to Dick Cheney.

Cheney obtained a bachelor of arts degree with highest honors from Colorado College, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She furthered her education with a master of arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in 19th century British literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (her dissertation was entitled "Matthew Arnold's Possible Perfection: A Study of the Kantian Strain in Arnold's Poetry").


Lynne Cheney served as chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1986 to 1993. In 1995 she founded American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a conservative group that monitors American colleges and academia.

She is a senior fellow in education and culture at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. She also serves as a director of Reader's Digest Association, Inc. From 1995 to 1998, Cheney served as a co-host of the Sunday edition of CNN's Crossfire, replacing Tony Snow.

Lynne Cheney served on Lockheed Corporation's board of directors from 1994 to 2001, a $120,000-a-year post she gave up shortly before her husband's inauguration; Cheney served on the board's Finance, and Nominating and Corporate Governance committees. In 2000 she was mentioned as a possible conservative female pick for Republican Vice Presidential nominee on the George W. Bush ticket. The appointed head of the nominating committee was her husband, Dick Cheney, then the CEO of Halliburton, who eventually emerged as Bush's choice.

She repeatedly spoke out against violent and sexually explicit lyrics in popular music, picking up on an issue originally made famous by former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper. She also criticized video game makers for similar content.

On an October 10, 2007 episode of The Daily Show, Lynne Cheney stated that she opposed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.


Cheney has a brother, Mark Vincent, who lives in Wyoming with his wife Linda. She has been married to Richard "Dick" Cheney since 1964. They have two daughters and six grandchildren. Their daughters are Elizabeth Cheney and Mary Cheney. Elizabeth, also known as Liz, was born July 28, 1966, and is married to Philip Perry, the general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security. They have five children. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1996 and has worked as an international law attorney, consultant, and now for the State Department's Near East Affairs Bureau. Mary Cheney was born March 14, 1969. Openly lesbian, she lives with her partner, Heather Roan Poe (born April 11, 1961), in Great Falls, Virginia. Mary Cheney gave birth to her first child, Samuel David Cheney, in May 2007. She is one of her father's top campaign aides and closest confidantes, and Lynne and Dick Cheney have expressed support for their daughter, while condemning other gay and lesbian people. In July 2003, she became the director of vice presidential operations for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential reelection campaign; she was a vital part of the campaign. Until May 2000, she was the lesbian/gay corporate relations manager for the Coors Brewing Company. She wrote a book about her work with her father in 2006.


Lynne Cheney is the author or co-author of several books:

  • Blue Skies, No Fences: A Memoir of Childhood and Family (2007) (ISBN 1-4165-5328-89)
  • Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America (2006) (ISBN 0-689-86717-4)
  • A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in America (2005) (ISBN 1-4169-0925-7)
  • When Washington Crossed the Delaware : A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots (2004) (ISBN 0-689-87043-4)
  • A is for Abigail : An Almanac of Amazing American Women (2003) (ISBN 0-689-85819-1)
  • America: A Patriotic Primer (2002) (ISBN 0-689-85192-8)
  • The Body Politic: A Novel (2000) (ISBN 0-312-97963-0)
  • Kings of the Hill: How Nine Powerful Men Changed the Course of American History (1996) (ISBN 0-7567-5864-5)
  • Telling the Truth (1995) (ISBN 0-684-82534-1)
  • Academic Freedom (1992) (ISBN 1-878802-13-5)
  • American Memory: A Report on the Humanities in the Nations Public Schools (1987) (ISBN 0-16-004284-4)
  • Sisters (1981; New American Library, Penguin Group) (ISBN 0-451-11204-0)
  • Executive Privilege (1979) (ISBN 0-671-24060-9)

Wyoming U.S. Senate Seat vacancy

Cheney had been considered to be a possible contender to fulfill the late U.S. Senator Craig L. Thomas' term in the U.S. Senate. A Cheney spokesperson stated she was considering the post. Cheney chose not to seek the seat when she did not sign an application to become a candidate for the position. If she had won the seat, she would have become the first "Second Lady" to be in public office or the Senate since Senator Muriel Humphrey.



  • Joe Mandak. "Lynn Cheney Upset With Kerry Over Remark" Associated Press. October 14, 2004.
  • Ian Bishop and Deborah Orin. "Veep to Kerry: How Dare You! - 'Angry Dad' Hits Foe for Naming Gay Daughter" New York Post. October 15, 2004.

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