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Liz Cheney

U.S. Representative for Wyoming

Elizabeth Lynne Cheney Perry was born in July 1966 in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned an undergraduate degree from Colorado College. Before entering law school, she worked for the State Department for five years and the U.S. Agency for International Development for four years, later becoming a consultant. She earned a law degree from the University of Chicago School of Law, also taking courses in Middle Eastern history at the Oriental Institute. She engaged in the private practice of law.

Cheney served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State for Assistance to the former Soviet Union, and was a USAID officer in U.S. embassies in Budapest and Warsaw. She was appointed by President George W. Bush to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. After two years, she left the State Department to serve in her father’s re-election campaign. Afterward, she returned to the State Department and was appointed the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and Coordinator for Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiatives. She also headed the Iran-Syria Policy and Operations Group.

Back in the private sector, she served for a time as a contributor on a cable news network.  She began a run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, but withdrew citing family health issues. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as the only member from Wyoming in 2016, and re-elected in 2018.

She is married to Philip Perry and they have five children. She is a Methodist.


In the News

Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming has commended President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear treaty with Russia.

"Russia continues to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a fact recognized by Administrations of both parties. Under these circumstances, the United States is the only nation limited by the requirements of this treaty," Cheney said in a statement. "In today’s security environment, that is an indefensible situation. The security of our nation requires that we fully develop capabilities to deter or, if necessary, defeat our adversaries."

She added, "We cannot allow the United States to continue to be taken advantage of by other nations. In your first two years in office you have demonstrated the courage and leadership necessary to defend America on the world stage. We fully support your decision to once again stand up for the interests of the United States and immediately withdraw from the INF Treaty."