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Richard B. Cheney (1940)close

Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cheney studied at the University of Wyoming, but left graduate school before earning the PhD in order to work in the Nixon White House. When President Nixon, resigned, Cheney worked with the transition team and became White House chief of staff under Gerald Ford. After the Ford Presidency, he returned to Wyoming and served in Congress until he became secretary of defense under George Bush in 1989. In 2000, he was asked by George W. Bush to serve as Vice-Presidential nominee, and was elected to that position.

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