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Liz Cheney

Co-Founder, Keep America Safe (Since 2009)

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Why She Matters

Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and Second Lady Lynne Cheney, follows closely in the footsteps of both her parents.

Elizabeth Cheney Perry, known as Liz Cheney professionally, uses the same telegenic tenacity her mom honed as a conservative commentator in the 1980s and 1990s to defend her father and the controversial national-security policies he helped institutionalize while serving under President George W. Bush.

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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 (1989-1993)
  • 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
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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.

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The Issues

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."

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The Network

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.

 

Additional Resources

  1. "Liz Cheney Chimes in on Security Debate," Fox News "Hannity," May 21, 2009.
  2. Official White House Biography.
  3. Smith, Ben, "Liz Cheney's group 'Keep America Safe' takes on 'radical' White House," Politico, Oct. 13, 2009.
  4. Leibovich, Mark, "New Cheney Taking Stage for the G.O.P.," The New York Times, Sept. 28, 2009.
  5. Allen, Mike, "The Five (or More) W's," The Washington Post, May 13, 2004.
  6. Leibovich, Mark, "New Cheney Taking Stage for the G.O.P.," The New York Times, Sept. 28, 2009.
  7. Tapper, Jake; Travers, Karen, "Liz Cheney Assails Release of Detainee Abuse Photos as 'Siding with Terrorists' - and Is White House Walking the Photo Release Back?," ABC News, May 12, 2009.
  8. Cooper, Michael, "For the Cheney Family, the Motto Is 'All for One'," The New York Times, Oct. 1, 2000.
  9. Allen, Mike; VandeHei, Jim, "Dick Cheney slams President Obama for projecting 'weakness'," Politico, Dec. 1, 2009.
  10. Frank, Zac, "Elizabeth Cheney, Bush Legal Counsel," Slate, Jan. 29, 2009.
  11. "Criticizing Obama's Trip To Honor Fallen Soldiers," The Huffington Post, Oct. 31, 2009.
  12. Elizabeth Cheney biography, Keep America Safe.
  13. "Liz Cheney backs Romney," CNN, Jan. 27, 2008.
  14. Sterling, Amanda, "Liz Cheney's Keep America Safe: Keep Detainees Out," CBS News, Nov. 19, 2009.
  15. Cheney, Liz, "Obama Rewrites the Cold War," The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2009.
  16. Leibovich, Mark, "New Cheney Taking Stage for the G.O.P.," The New York Times, Sept. 28, 2009.
  17. "Cheney warms up patient crowd for Hutchison," The Dallas Morning News, Nov. 18, 2009.
  18. "At least 22 TV appearances for Liz Cheney - in less than a month," Media Matters, June 5, 2009.
  19. Leibovich, Mark, "New Cheney Taking Stage for the G.O.P.," The New York Times, Sept. 28, 2009.
  20. Weber, Joseph, "Liz Cheney open to political run," The Washington Times, July 13, 2009.
  21. Frank, Zac, "Elizabeth Cheney, Bush Legal Counsel," Slate, Jan. 29, 2009.
  22. Smith, Ben, "Liz Cheney's group 'Keep America Safe' takes on 'radical' White House," Politico, Oct. 13, 2009.
  23. Smith, Ben, "Liz Cheney's group 'Keep America Safe' takes on 'radical' White House," Politico, Oct. 13, 2009.
  24. Official White House Biography.
  25. Weisman, Steven R., "Mideast Mix: New Promise of Democracy and Threat of Instability," The New York Times, March 1, 2005.
  26. Isikoff, Michael, "Major Republican Donor Plans to Fund Liz Cheney's New Organization," Newsweek, Oct. 23, 2009.
  27. Leibovich, Mark, "New Cheney Taking Stage for the G.O.P.," The New York Times, Sept. 28, 2009.
  28. Cheney, Liz, "Obama Rewrites the Cold War," The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2009.
  29. "State Department Post for Cheney Daughter," The New York Times, March 2, 2002.