Lynne Ann Vincent Cheney (born August 14, 1941) is the wife of Vice President Richard B. Cheney. They dated in high school and married in 1964. Unofficially, she is the Second Lady of the United States.
Within the George W. Bush administration, Lynne Cheney is regarded as being quite politically involved and is a vocal supporter of Republican party politics and politicians.
Born in Casper, Wyoming, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors from Colorado College, Master of Arts from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in 19th century British literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Lynne Cheney has had her own career in public service, having served as chairman 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.
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. Bush, however, chose her husband for a running mate.
She has repeatedly spoken out against violent and sexually explicit lyrics in popular music; she has also criticized video game makers for similar content. This prompted Eminem to ridicule her and her husband in his songs and music videos.
Dick and Lynne Cheney have two children, daughters Elizabeth and Mary, and three granddaughters (Kate, Elizabeth, and Grace) and one grandson Philip.
Liz was born July 28, 1966, and is married with four 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.
Their daughter Mary was born March 14, 1969. She is now an open lesbian and lives with her partner Heather Roan Poe (born April 11, 1961) in Virginia. Mary is one of her father's top campaign aides and closest confidantes. In July 2003 she became the director of vice presidential operations for the Bush-Cheney 2004 Presidential re-election campaign. Until May of 2000 she was the lesbian/gay corporate relations manager for the Coors Brewing Company. She is currently working on a book about her work with her father.
Lynne Cheney is the author or co-author of several books:
* 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)