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 a historic figure. In the eight eventful years of the Bush presidency, the vice president was best known for his involvement in national security matters following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He has been recognized by many as the most powerful and consequential vice president in American history, and worked side by side with George W. Bush to keep our homeland safe and protect Americans from terrorist attacks for seven and a half years following 9/11.
An Unparalleled Public Career
In the post-Watergate administration of Gerald Ford, the president turned to 34-year-old Dick Cheney to lead the White House staff in the work of restoring the nation’s confidence and waging the president’s 1976 campaign.
After leaving the White House, Cheney returned to his home state of Wyoming, where he was elected in 1978 as the state’s sole member of the House of Representatives. Re-elected to office five times, Cheney served in several leadership positions and was chosen by his colleagues as the minority whip, the number two position in the House Republican leadership.
Early in Cheney’s sixth term, 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 led American forces to victory in Operation Just Cause in Panama, and Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf. In 1991, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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.