Cheney's Biography

NAME: Richard Cheney.

AGE-BIRTH DATE: 59; born Jan. 30, 1941.

HOMETOWN: Lincoln, Neb.

RELIGION: Methodist.

FAMILY: Wife, Lynne, a native of Casper, Wyo.; two grown daughters.

EDUCATION: Attended Yale University for one year. Received bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming, 1965; master's degree in political science, 1966. Did doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin.

EXPERIENCE: White House chief of staff under Gerald Ford, 1974-76; Wyoming representative, 1978-89, eventually becoming House Republican whip; secretary of defense under President Bush, 1989-93; chairman and CEO of Dallas-Based Halliburton Corp., one of the world's leading engineering and construction companies in the oil industry, 1995-present.

QUOTE: ``The vice president is always in a very difficult position, in any circumstances. ... If he challenges the president in policy meetings, disagrees with him, he's viewed as being disloyal.'', 1987, then vice chairman of the House committee investigating the Iran-Contra affair.

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