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The 46th Vice President of the United States

  • Dick Cheney served as the 46th Vice President of the United States (2001–2009), under George W. Bush.
  • Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney was born on January 30, 1941.
  • He entered Yale University in 1959 but failed to graduate.
  • He earned his Bachelor's degree in 1965 and Master's degree in 1966. Both are in Political Science from the University of Wyoming.
  • He began his political career as an intern for Congressman William A. Steiger.
  • He worked at the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations.
  • He entered politics in 1968.
  • He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming in 1978.
  • He served six terms in Congress before being appointed as Secretary of Defense.
  • He was selected to be the Secretary of Defense during the presidency of George H. W. Bush.
  • On March 24, 2012, he underwent a heart transplant at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.
  • He had been on a waiting list for more than 20 months before receiving the heart from an anonymous donor.
  • He married Lynne Vincent on August 29, 1964. The couple had two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary.
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