Cheney, Richard Bruce (01/30/1941-)

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  • Occupation: U. S. Representative, Secretary of Defense, Business executive, Vice President of the United States
  • Number of Terms: 2
  • Committees/Roles: Ex-officio as Vice President of the United States
  • Richard B. Cheney, vice president of the United States 2001-2009, began his career in public service in 1969 when he joined the Richard M. Nixon administration. He was deputy assistant to the president in the Gerald Ford Administration and, in 1975, was named assistant to the president and White House chief of staff. In 1977, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served five terms. He served as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee from 1981 to 1987 and was elected chairman of the House Republican Conference in 1987 and House minority whip in 1988. As secretary of defense, he directed Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East. For his leadership in the Gulf War, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H.W. Bush in 1991.


  • Cheney, Richard Bruce
  • Board of Regents
  • United States. Office of the Vice President
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )


Smithsonian Board of Regents

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Vice President (Republican)


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-1989. The Continental Congress (September 5, 1774 to October 21, 1788) and the Congress of the United States (from the first through the one hundredth Congress, March 4, 1789 to January 3, 1989, inclusive). Bicentennial Edition. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989; Who's Who in America. 39th edition, 1976-1977. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1976; Who's Who in American Politics. 17th edition, 1999-2000. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who, 1999; Who's Who in Government. Third edition, 1977. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1977.

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Regent Tenure: 01/2001-1/2009


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