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Dick and Lynne Cheney Marriage Profile

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Dick and Lynne Cheney at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on September 1, 2004.

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Here's information about Dick and Lynne Cheney's wedding, marriage, children, and more.

News Updates:

3/25/2012: Dick Cheney is recuperating from a heart transplant he received over the weekend.

2/23/2010: Former Vice President Dick Cheney's office reported that Cheney experienced his fifth heart attack on February 22, 2010.

Born:

Richard Bruce Cheney: January 30, 1941 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He grew up in Casper, Wyoming.

Lynne Ann Vincent: August 14, 1941 in Casper, Wyoming.

How Dick and Lynne Met:

Lynne and Dick met when Dick was 14 years old and they were in eighth grade. They dated in high school.
Dick said in an interview that Lynne didn't pay attention to him until he was a bit older. "Around my seventeenth birthday she finally agreed to go out with me, and we've been a regular item ever since."
Source: Missile Defense. April/May 2001 Issue.
Stephen Hayes: "There had been no formal proposal. They just decided to get married."
Stephen F. Hayes. Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President. page 39.

Wedding Date:

Lynne and Dick were married on August 29, 1964 at the First Presbyterian Church of Casper, Wyoming. It was a small wedding with just family members and close friends.

Their coffee-and-cake style reception was at the Henning Hotel in Casper.

Previous Marriages:

None.

Occupations:

Dick: Office of Economic Opportunity in Nixon administration; deputy to Donald Rumsfeld; assistant director for operations for Cost of Living Council; vice president of investment firm; deputy assistant to President Ford; Chief of Staff to President Ford; Defense Secretary for President George H. Bush; CEO of Halliburton; U.S. Congressman, 1978-1989; U.S. Vice President, 2001.

Lynne: College teacher; magazine editor; co-author of seven books; chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Children:

Dick and Lynne have two daughters and several grandchildren:
  • Elizabeth Cheney Perry: Born in 1966. Elizabeth, an attorney and Fox News contributor, is married to Philip Perry. They have five children.
  • Mary Claire Cheney: Born in 1969. Gay rights activist. Mary married her longtime partner, Heather Poe, in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2012. Mary and Heather have two children.

Miscellaneous:

It has been said that Dick and Lynne enjoy being able to have dinner and talk over their day with one another. Dick reportedly also does shopping and cooking duties with Lynne.

Religion:

Dick: Methodist.

Residences:

Dick and Lynne have had homes in Washington, D.C.; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and other secure, undisclosed locations.

Quotes About the Marriage of Lynne and Dick Cheney:

Dick: "I like to tell people that Lynne and I got married because Dwight Eisenhower got elected President in 1952. You may think that there are not long-range consequences to elections, but I got to tell you there are. (Laughter.) In 1952, I was living in Lincoln, Nebraska with my folks. Dad worked for the Department of Agriculture. Eisenhower got elected, he reorganized the Agriculture Department. Dad was transferred to Casper, Wyoming, and that's where I met Lynne. We grew up together, went to high school together. As I say, we'll mark our 40th wedding anniversary in August. I pointed out to a group the other night if Eisenhower hadn't won that election, Lynne would have married somebody else. (Laughter.) And she said, right, and now he'd be Vice President of the United States."
Source: "Vice President's Remarks at a Bush-Cheney '04 Rally." Whitehouse.gov. 7/16/2004.

Dick about Lynne: "She's better than anyone at giving me honest advice, not just telling me what I want to hear. I trust her judgment."

Lynne about retiring from politics: "We have been doing this for 40 years," she said. "And you know, I really look forward to a life where, you know, we can stretch out a little bit more, put up our feet, look at the Tetons."
Source: Rita Braver. "Lynne Cheney on the VP, Gays and Her Book." CBSNews.com. 10/7/2007.

Mary Cheney about her relationship with Heather Poe: "From my perspective and from Heather's perspective, we already are married. We've built a life together. We've built a home together. She's the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. The way I look at it, the laws just haven't caught up with us yet. I don't need to walk down an aisle to know about my commitment to her."
Source: People.com

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