A look back at Cheney’s political career. The former vice president has suffered five heart attacks since his late 30s. He underwent a heart transplant Saturday after more than 20 months on a transplant list, according to his office.
White House Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld, right, and his deputy, Richard Cheney, meet with reporters in the White House in this 1975, file photo. During the news conference, Rumsfeld was named by President Gerald Ford to replace James Schlesinger, secretary of Defense and Cheney succeeded Rumsfeld as White House Chief of Staff. Harvey Georges/AP