For over 40 years, Dick Cheney has served at the highest levels of the US Government and private sector. As White House Chief of Staff in the aftermath of Watergate and America’s withdrawal from Vietnam, Wyoming’s Congressman and a member of the House Republican leadership during the Reagan years, Secretary of Defense as the Cold War ended and America defeated Iraq in Desert Storm, former CEO of Halliburton, and Vice President of the United States on 9/11 at the dawn of the Global War on Terror, Cheney has participated in many of the events that have shaped our nation for over four decades. Few Americans alive today can match the breadth and depth of his experience and service.
As a statesman, policymaker, businessman, and politician – who never lost an election in which his name was on the ballot – Cheney’s insight, experiences and knowledge are unparalleled.
Vice President Cheney has lived a public life in government service and business, and while the world knew about his cardiac problems, he did not discuss them much until recently. In the 35 years since his first of five heart attacks in 1978, Vice President Cheney has personally benefited from revolutionary changes in cardiac care, including a heart transplant in 2012. Now, Vice President Cheney shares his story and how remarkable advancements in modern medicine, well-funded research and dedicated medical teams saved his life. In his newest book Heart, co-authored with his long-term cardiologist, Vice President Cheney chronicles the amazing advancements in cardiac care in the last four decades interwoven with his dramatic personal health story. The book serves as a poignant and personal case-study of how advancements in science – in any area of disease – give hope to millions struggling around the world.
Today's Political Landscape: Insights from Four Decades of Leadership
With nearly four decades of experience, from his tenure as the White House Chief of Staff under President Ford, through his leadership as the 46th Vice President of the United States, few Americans alive today can match the breadth and depth of Vice President Cheney's experience and service. As a statesman, policymaker, businessman, and politician, Cheney’s insight, experience and knowledge are unparalleled. A leader in our country at the highest levels, Vice President Cheney offers audiences a sweeping picture and unprecedented insider’s view of some of the most debated issues during his tenure, as well as insight on the current political landscape.
46th Vice President of the United States
Widely acknowledged as the most powerful and influential Vice President ever, Dick Cheney is an historic figure. While serving in the nation’s second highest office, he transformed national security and intelligence policy. In the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, he expanded the authority of the executive branch, and played a major role in creating policies that protected America and her citizens from further attacks. Domestically, he was pivotal in reorganizing the government to defend the homeland, negotiating the Bush Administration’s tax cuts, chairing the Energy Task Force, and overseeing the annual federal budget process. Cheney also played an instrumental role in personnel matters as he managed the transition to power in 2000, following the closest presidential election in American history, overseeing the selection of President George W. Bush’s first Cabinet, and later screening nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court.
An Unparalleled Public Career
Seven years after arriving in Washington DC in 1968 as a graduate student, Cheney became one of the youngest White House Chiefs of Staff in history. Cheney oversaw the Ford presidential campaign in 1976, and then returned home to Wyoming. Elected as Wyoming’s lone Congressman in 1978, he became one of the few members of Congress since the Civil War to be elected to a leadership position after only one term in office. Cheney served as chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the Republican Conference and as Republican Whip. He was also the ranking Republican on the Iran-Contra committee, and served for over 4 years as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In 1989, he was nominated by President George Bush to serve as Secretary of Defense and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. In his four years at the Pentagon, Cheney helped to lead American forces to victory in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. He also oversaw the restructuring of the US military following the breakup of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. In 1991, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
A Leader in the Private Sector
In the mid 1990s, Cheney became Chairman and CEO of Halliburton, one of the world’s foremost energy firms as well as an engineering and construction company with 100,000 employees in 130 countries around the world. As Halliburton’s leader, from 1995 to 2000, Cheney oversaw oil and gas projects in the North Sea, the Indian Ocean, on the North Slope of Alaska, and in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. During his tenure, Halliburton construction projects ranged from a domed ballpark for the Houston Astros to a railroad across the Australian Outback.
A Voice for a Strong and Free America
During the major crises of the last forty years, from the end of the war in Vietnam, through the Cold War, to the demise of the Soviet Union, to the rise of Islamic extremism, Dick Cheney has been at the center of the policy debate. He brings a unique perspective to the economic and geopolitical challenges of our time and is unequaled as a spokesman for a strong America, one that remains the best hope of those who suffer and live in fear and the strongest force for good the world has ever known.