At a Glance
- Career History:
Principal Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State
for Near Eastern Affairs (2005-2006); Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (2002-2003); private attorney, (1996-2002);
Agency for International Development
- Birthday: July 28, 1966
- Hometown: McLean, Va.
- Alma Mater: Colorado College, bachelor's degree, 1984; University of Chicago, law degree, 1996.
- Spouse: Philip Perry
- Office: 1718 M Street, NWWashington, DC 20036
- Web site
Path to Power
Elizabeth Cheney grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., while her father served as Wyoming's sole congressman and then in the Nixon, Ford and first Bush administrations and while her mother arguably gained greater attention as a conservative activist, commentator and author.
After graduating from McLean High School in 1984, Cheney attended college in Colorado and got a law degree from the University of Chicago before resettling in northern Virginia, just minutes from her family home.
Cheney has emerged as an unapologetic hawk on national security and a vocal defender of the aggressive, interventionist approach to foreign affairs favored by her father and conservative wing of the Republican Party, from which she draws accolades and one of the few groups with whom her father retains favor.
Keep America Safe is providing Cheney with a new high-profile platform from which she has laid out her own views on foreign affairs - though less so on domestic issues - and attacks Obama for "emboldening (our enemies) and weakening us."
Cheney is emerging from the shadows of her two closest political allies, her father, Dick Cheney, and her mother, Lynne Cheney. She has, along with her dad, become one of the most vocal defenders of President George W. Bush's legacy.